Tour de France

Where I’m Spending My July

Where I’m Spending My July

It's rare to have a multi-week block between races once the season starts yet I’ve somehow found myself with a multi-month block off from racing. On the one hand, it's a pleasant luxury to step away after an intense winter/spring build-up and early race season. On the other hand, it is challenging to bridge such a big gap and keep the fire lit for the races to come.

2016 Tour de France – Stage 21

Chantilly – Paris Champs-Elysees--113 km

After surviving a violent crash on the opening stage of the race, Brent finished his fourth career Tour de France Sunday while helping his BMC Racing teammate Richie Porte to a fifth-place finish.

Sunday marked his eighth finish of a grand tour: four Tours de France (2010, 2011, 2013 and this year), three Giro d’Italias (2010, 2014 and 2015) and one Vuelta a España (2012). In one of Brent’s three other Tour de France appearances, he helped teammate Cadel Evans win the race in 2011.

“That’s the Tour de France, pushing yourself to the absolute physical and mental limit,” Brent said. “I definitely did that. I started kind of on a rough note but I had awesome support from the team. I am proud to be finishing in Paris with a great group of guys.”

Brent was one of 174 riders who finished the race – an all-time record. He was also one of five Americans to start and finish. Teammate Tejay van Garderen was highest-placed of the quintet, in 29th. Brent finished 117th, 3:57:49 behind Chris Froome (Team Sky), who won his third Tour de France title. Brent’s best finish at the Tour de France came in 2013, when he placed 91st.

2016 Tour de France – Stage 20

Megeve – Morzine--146.5 km

Brent and fellow American teammate Tejay van Garderen rode to the finish together Saturday on a rain-soaked final day in the Alps at the Tour de France.

After the 146.5-kilometer stage, Brent tweeted:

“Some soggy shivering to finish stage 20. Happy to be better off at today’s finish than I was 20 stages ago. Looking forward to Paris tomorrow!”

To mark his expected arrival Sunday in Paris, Brent has a special deal in conjunction with his Bookwalter Binge Grand Fondo. Anyone who signs up for the Oct. 29 ride in North Carolina before August 1 is automatically entered to win a BMC Racing Team jersey autographed by the entire Tour de France team.

Learn more about the Bookwalter Binge or register your place for a chance to win: http://bit.ly/2921Yy9