Maria Vazquez takes on another HC in the Alps

Maria Vazquez takes on another HC in the Alps

After the two HC climbs of Stage 11, tired legs had to take on two Category 1 climbs followed by a very long slog through open country and crosswinds to a final Category 3 climb just before the Stage 12 finish. The team mood continues to improve buoyed by extra treats, today it was baguette sandwiches, chocolate pudding and humus for Kate. After a two hour transfer we rolled straight into our Asian restaurant dinner... where I finally had my first frog's legs and convinced Maria to give them a try.

Kristen feigns frustration after getting pipped at the line by Heidi in their Stage 11 sprint

Kristen feigns frustration after getting pipped at the line by Heidi in their Stage 11 sprint

Riding towards another perfect French village

Riding towards another perfect French village

The women sit down at the top of the Col de la Madeleine with Kym's Axl providing entertainment

The women sit down at the top of the Col de la Madeleine with Kym's Axl providing entertainment

Matthias, our lead sports therapist, takes a moment away from dancing on a fence post to salute the camera fly by

Matthias, our lead sports therapist, takes a moment away from dancing on a fence post to salute the camera fly by

Heidi flexes her hands as zooms down another alpine descent

Heidi flexes her hands as zooms down another alpine descent

Time to wash the Osmo bottles

Time to wash the Osmo bottles

Indispensable Eva

Indispensable Eva

Looking down several switch backs on the encroyable Col de la Madeleine

Looking down several switch backs on the encroyable Col de la Madeleine

The cyclist and the camper van

The Cyclist and the Camper Van in the rain

Kate staying cool on the way up

Kate staying cool on the way up

Bart and Axl: a big thanks to Bart for all his help during the time he could stay with us

Bart and Axl: a big thanks to Bart for all his help during the time he could stay with us

Dave Christenson can and will drop you on any climb. He's dusted everyone between filming

Dave Christenson can and will drop you on any climb. He's dusted everyone between filming

Thanks Capo Cycling

Thanks Capo Cycling

Super Maria about to take flight

Super Maria about to take flight

Heidi locked into climbing mode

Heidi locked into climbing mode

6 Responses to “Stage 12 – We Leave the Alps Behind Us”

  1. Rebecca Wilinski says:

    You ladies are rock stars! I am so inspired by all of you. I am a lifelong fan of the Tour De France and I have always wished that women could be in the race, you are showing everyone its possible…and without a peloton and state of the art tour buses and chefs…you amaze me! I am riding a 150 mile tour in 2 weeks. When it gets hard I will think of you! Keep going!

  2. Rose says:

    Whoa I’m late to the game, you girls are freaking awesome! I’ve never had too many idols, but all of you just took the top spot! Right on!!!

  3. Some hard climbing but the team seems to be up to the challenge, onwards to Paris.

    The best of luck and good fortune to you all, an impressive display of mind over matter.

    Douglas

  4. Phil C. says:

    Thanks for the updates! The pictures are really great. Love the flying cape pic.
    These women are amazing. I’ve been thinking about them every day since they began the ride. Allez!

  5. chuck parsons says:

    I was unaware of youall untill I googled cannondale/female.
    W0w! Eat ‘em ladies. Hope to watch you someday in Boulder.

  6. Ashleigh says:

    I love that Heidi wrote gratitude on her leg. Love reading your posts. I posted on my FB that ” these women are not just making history, they are changing the world”. You are, all of you. For that I am eternally grateful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you

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