Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux--208.5 km
The final day of racing a stage of 200 kilometers or more in this year’s Tour de France closed Saturday with one of the slowest average speeds of the race.
A strong headwind made for a long day – nearly six hours, in fact – for Brent and the remaining 185 riders in the race. After averaging 36.3 kilometers an hour for the 208.5 km race, Mark Cavendish won his fourth stage of this year’s race to become the second-winningest rider in race history.
As for Brent and the BMC Racing Team, it was an uneventful stage on the eve of Sunday’s short, but challenging mountain stage that includes six categorized climbs. Just before bedtime Saturday, Brent tweeted:
“I know I’m in France, but couldn’t point to where I am on a map. Things get a little fuzzy after 14 stages of #TDF2016 bike racing. #3rdweek”