With the cyclists back in France on Tuesday 8th July, the Abbey Tour of Cookridge continued with Stage 3 – L’Etape du Tour. A 7km multi-terrain race which was all about chasing the person in front, while they desperately tried to shake off the pursuing runner. It was a mass start race but the timing for the Tour concentrated on whether or not each runner finished within 30 seconds of the person in front, any runners managing to hang on formed a mini peloton of their own and got the same time as those ahead.The course contained, stiles, a hill and some unexpected cattle to cause splits in the field.
There was an early breakaway by Duncan Clark who escaped capture, finishing in 26.06. His poursuviants, lead by Karen Garvican, were 1min 42 seconds behind. Both Karen and Duncan did enough to snatch le malliot jaune and go into the final stage as leaders. Full results and latest GC spreadsheets are enclosed.
Stage 4 is on 22nd July and will be a time trial consisting of 1 mile ran up hill followed by 1 mile downhill. The course will be up Otley Old Road to Cookridge Tower, then you can use the rest of the training session to work your way back to the club. Come and see what times you can do – even if you’re not in the Tour.