I used to think the Tour Down Under could boast the world’s harshest summer racing conditions.
But after watching the final excruciating 25km of this morning’s Stage 2 of the Tour of California from Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs, I’m not so sure.
200km of racing in temps as high as 50 degrees Celsius. Capped off by mongrel summit finish up Tramway Road that reaches its steepest point at the very top. Riders were, quite literally, falling over the finish line.
Caps off to Columbia’s Janier Acevedo who won the stage ahead of Teejay Van Garderen. You, sir, are a freak.