Yet another scorching day on the tarmac of France today as riders forge ahead from Mont Ventoux to Nice. The heatwave that was reported a couple of days ago is really beginning to take its toll and it's not about to get any better as Dotwatcher David informs us it's due to be 40ºC tomorrow and 29º overnight.
Lisa Grützmacher (cap 100) succumbed to the rising temperatures today booking a hotel to cool off. It must be nigh on impossible to sleep even during the night in those kinds of temperatures (those who did TCRNo5 during the Lucifer Heatwave know I'm talking about!), so mod cons are required.
Robbie Britton (currently in contention for 10th place) has left us a voice message saying his GPS computer read 47º at one point today. Water refill points and hard climbs will definitely be taking their toll on our riders, so we wish them all the best.
If you follow us on Instagram (which you should!), you'll have seen that we posted a picture of someone's quite bald tyre earlier asking you whether the rider should keep going or go to the nearest bike shop.
Well, our survey says Andrew Phillips (cap 90) should keep going and that's exactly what he's done. We're almost convinced sparks will be flying as he heads down the the final kilometre of the parcours to the finish!
Elsewhere on TPBR
Markus Zimmermann is slightly ahead of our first woman, Fanny. He's ridden a great race and the two have do-si-do'd throughout the race.
Slovakian duo Juraj Slamka and Livia Stofilova have been front and centre of the Swiss heat today and are now at the foot of CP2. Hopefully they're able to climb to the top in slightly lower temperatures.
Updates from Morten
When he's not clicking away on his camera, he's clicking over kilometres on his bike. Morten Schrøder is gracing our instagram feed with some top shelf photos. You'd be silly not to give him a follow to support him throughout the race and beyond.
Rider 97 in hospital
Get well soon, David! Here he is during better times at the top of CP2.