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Day 14: While we were sleeping

Our finisher total is now at 30, following the arrival of Gail Brown this morning. There’s plenty more riders lined up outside Brest and the final parcours so expect that number to grow by at least another ten throughout the day.

Back in Italy and CP3, Helen Proudfoot has scratched – succumbing to the saddle sores and stresses of the race that slowed her progress earlier in the week. Congratulations on a strong ride, Helen. We’re sure we’ll be seeing your dot again.

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Scratching post I want to say a huge thank you to everybody! To all the TCR crew for putting together an amazing race, waiting out in the freezing cold and boiling heat to check us in and keep us smiling. To all my fellow TCRrs. I know we weren't allowed to share a packet of crisps, but it really was a massive linear community of loveliness. To all the bemused locals, for their support, and for giving me tissues when I was crying, homemade lemonade when I was boiling, and a slightly limp cucumber. (No, I'm not sure about that last one either.) To everyone who has sent messages, cures for saddle sores or a picture of a baboon covered in spaghetti - usually when I was most in need! I look forward to being around a bit more when I get back to catch up! To @abittiner for giving me the bike way back when, and all his support. To all the guys @seabasscycles for making the bike fit for TCR, to @jimmywak @condorcyles for making the bike fit me, and @richpips and the guys @alpkit for making bags to fit the bike. To the 1980s Peugeot, Claude-Philippe, who has shown he can take anything that's thrown at him - a proper adventure bike. He could have finished, for sure! And most of all to @cycling_bear who talked me into this. The conversation went something like this: "You should do the TCR." "Ok." #tcrno7 #tcrno7cap231

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And finally, Sergiu Buciuc shared an emotional update on his previous day’s riding – featuring chance encounters, control point battles, and a customary ultra racing dinner:

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