Le Loop 2018 - Stage 5: Lorient - Quimper

Beauty and the Beast: I think that’s the only way to describe today’s route; in terms of cycling routes, beautiful countryside, French villages with cobbled market places, hilltop views over French countryside, the odd person along the roads cheering you on... a joy to be cycling (the beauty).

The beast, when there are bonus climbs after bonus climbs, when one particular uncategorised climb touches 18% and then holds that gradient and that was just a climb; when you get to the last km and suddenly you turn right rather than rolling into Quimper and the climb whilst short hits 15% and when you think you are going to turn left into town- no straight on and more climbing.

At various points during the day I have speculated as to whether the Tour will be settled in Brittany- watching on TV will be fascinating; if a team makes a miss-step it could be game over.

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