Chad Haga blog: Rest day recollections of an eventful Tour de France

Chad Haga blog: Rest day recollections of an eventful Tour de France


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Chad Haga leads the Tour de France peloton during stage 5

Chad Haga leads the Tour de France peloton during stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chad Haga in the Team Sunweb line up for the 2019 Tour de France team time trial

Chad Haga in the Team Sunweb line up for the 2019 Tour de France team time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chad Haga at the 2019 Tour de France team presentation

Chad Haga at the 2019 Tour de France team presentation (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Chad Haga on the 2019 Giro d'Italia podium after winning the final time trial

Chad Haga on the 2019 Giro d’Italia podium after winning the final time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)

It’s been a long time since I last raced 10 consecutive days, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my relief that we get to take today easy. The last “week” at the Tour de France has been extra long, and also full of long stages. Today we have enjoyed reminding each other that we are actually past the halfway point of the Tour in terms of distance already. Add in a time trial, another rest day, and the final stage into Paris and it starts to seem like we’re nearly done…

The Tour has started well, and I mean that in a few ways for a few different reasons. The weather has been great—well, sunny, at least—which helped to calm the peloton’s nerves a bit. Good course design also minimized the stress somewhat, and as a result there have been fewer crashes than expected. The team time trial and mountaintop finish also spread the race out a bit early on, which also had a calming effect. Even the “boring” sprint stages haven’t always been so, as yesterday’s wind certainly livened things up.



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