It was a weekend of wild ups and downs. Cold rain. Steep, slick tracks. Mechanicals. Delays. It was all of these things combined that made this race one of the most taxing in recent memory. The raw terrain of Millau kept people on their toes, especially when the rains really started coming down. Slick narrow chutes became treacherous, the injuries started accumulating. Bike parts started failing. There was a fair amount of riders who didn't start day two after day one. We thought we might get a bit of a break from the wet last night as we went to bed, but we awoke to low-hanging dark clouds. By the time we got to the top of the hill it was raining hard, and the clay-like dirt had become greased lightning. Rae Morrison slipped a wheel on the sprint out of the gate on stage 6 which ended her day.
At the end of the day, we had a French sweep of the podium for the men and two out of three for the women. Sam Hill tried hard to find his rhythm of the French terrain. He made up time, but it wasn't enough. Greg Callaghan, with the series overall lead, struggled to come to terms with the tracks, and would ultimately give up his series lead. The big winners of the day were Adrien Dailly and Alex Cure. Alex had won the first ever EWS stage, a prolog. Today he took second place. Damien Oton was charging all weekend and took third. Cécile Ravenel. took the win for the women with Isabeau Courdurier and Anita Gehrig rounding out second and third. There were a fair number of penalties handed out over the weekend, and some not handed out because of lack of proof, the biggest issue of all was littering. Some riders thought it not fair for a penalty to be enforced at one race but not another. It's one of those things that will be watched closely the next couple rounds. Adrien Dailly was the man of the weekend taking his third win of the season and the overall.
5 min penalty in the rules.
When we see yeti commencal etc etc pics on this post and not a single pic of the wining bike!!
Its fugly but a wining piece of kit
It's a podium photo with the three top riders filling the frame of the shot. It just so happens to frame it that way the bike is half in the photo half out. Nothing more nothing less. The Women's podium shot is wide and the men's tight, simply so we can post two different photos in these stories for the sake of variety, nothing more nothing less. Pretty basic concept here.
Where's the Yeti commercial? I just see a shot of the defending works Champ high fiving his mechanic and having his bike worked on. He's depending two time works Champ and is always part of the story for that reason regardless of results. That's kind of how editorial works.
Perhaps if Lapierre had a pit setup and didn't work out of a car on the far end of the carpark there might be a photos of Adrien's bike being worked on too just as there's one of Richie's and Damien Otons in this post.
There are however two action shots of Daily and his entire bike is visable for you to look at (notice there is no action shot of Richie which you'd probably also try to call a Yeti commercial).
We've featured winning bike shots of Adrien and his Lapierre at previous rounds so I'm still confused why you think we are deliberately not showing photos of his bike .... That's just nonsense.
Perhaps you'd like to see the photo of Adrien handing his tire insert to an official after finishing with a flat on stage one, and then not getting a time penalty for outside assistance and discarding equipment like others have received this year... Would that be even better exposure for him and his bike? Yeah... That happened but he still gets to win ;-)
Yes I usually use at least two when i left my cave / shelter ????????