This morning we will welcome you on your ‘Weekend on Cobbles’ tour at Lille train station where our GreenEDGE Travel staff will be waiting to greet you and transfer in our vans to our premium hotel for then next three nights. Once checked into the hotel and freshened up we will set up our bikes and head out for a short ride around the region to stretch our legs.
This evening we will head out for dinner as a group where we will all get to know one another before our weekend begins tomorrow.
Today’s ride: 40km light roll around the region
Ride the Cobbles
This morning we welcome our tour host, 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner and 17 time Tour de France finisher, Stuart O’Grady who will lead us on a ride around the famous cobbled sectors of Northern France, most of which will be part of tomorrow’s epic Stage 9. Stuart was the innagural team captain for GreenEDGE Cycling and will offer great insight into the importance of the cobbled for team Mitchelton-SCOTT.
Stuart expertly navigated the roads we will ride today in 2007 to be the first Australian in history to hold aloft the famous Roubaix cobblestone trophy. The day was not without drama however with Stuey puncturing in the d’Arenberg Forest and even snapping his crank in the beginning of the race. But his solo effort in the final sectors and into the velodrome was one for the ages and you can revisit this history by his side today.
Stuey will take us into the Roubaix showers and we may even bump into some his old mates around the region along the way.
Following our incredible day we will head to team Mitchelton-SCOTT’s team hotel to meet the rider’s have a beer with with directors and tour the team bus and bikes.
Today’s ride: 60-70km of famous Classics roads including over 5km of cobbles sectors.
Ride the Cobbles
After breakfast this morning we will head out on our bikes, riding along the Tour de France route to the stage finish alongside the Velodrome in Roubaix. Once at the finish we will enjoy Le Tour’s official Izoard VIP hospitality on the finish line where we will be treated to champagne and canapes as we watch the broadcast on French TV before the riders arrive for the dramatic stage 9 finish. Will one of the GC favourites crash out today?
After what is expected to be a dramatic finish we will again head over to the team bus to meet the team and get a rundown of the stage from Matt White.
Today’s ride: 40km along the Stage 9 course
This morning we invite our guests to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Our staff will then assist you with your transfer before saying Bon Voyage! We trust you’ve had a wonderful experience with GreenEDGE Travel and hope to tour with you again.