Stage 6: Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier

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I want to get some time lapses done, but the GoPro isn’t cooperating, the main battery must be faulty… doesn’t seem to hold a proper charge and overheats too quickly, at an unreasonable rate. Also, it doesn’t seem to connect to the WiFi remote anymore either, which I also thought I had charged but is now empty. Anyway.

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People came out en masse for the start today, not sure if it was officially, but it felt like one of the largest crowds I’ve seen yet… actually, Nice was probably bigger, full day of spectating available as opposed to just the morning. Impressive for a Thursday when French Schools are still in session…

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I went to the day’s only categorized climb about 65km into the stage, where the French were leading the crowd in chants and cheers.

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And the Australians were being, mostly naked.

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I actually felt bad for one Australian kid, he didn’t quite understand that people were telling him to get out of the way because his massive Australian flag was opaque, he actually shot back “if this were a French flag, you’d all love it.” I think he legitimately didn’t get it.

I made it into the coverage too, over the KOM they were following the last rider up the hill (FDJ #73, Nacer Bouhanni); red shorts, green shoes, c’est moi!

Speaking of Australians, this Orica GreenEDGE car was pulling over at every Australian flag along the course to give out swag.

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Gripel won for the 2nd consecutive year on July 4th. In 2012 it was Stage 4 in Rouen, and again today Stage 6 into Montpellier.

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While the air temps were generally cool (any and every breeze felt great), the temperature on the road got to the mid 30s.

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Salty.

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