So with the first stage done and dusted and the air time and column inches racking up from the excitement for the day my grand total is far in excess of the racing kilometres.

Having finally made it back to the hotel for dinner the grand total has now tipped into 4 figures…1120km. All that for just 201km if racing.

All in all a fairly poor first day, a few scene setting photos taken, a few portraits covered the first few photos. But at that point it all started to go sideways, a car with our credentials blocked the entry to the course and instead of cruising up the race route with our pick of places to stop we ended up watching the peloton gently rolling out.

What that left us with was a frantic dash along the coast trying to get ahead of the peloton.

Fast forward a few hours and I am standing on the finish line baking in the sun…

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better stage.

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