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TDU 2009, Stage 3; 'The finish is a beach'

OK...short and sweet...I need sleep.

Tomorrow they ride 136km from Adelaide to Victor Harbour.  Victor (as it is known locally) is a picturesque town on the South coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula about 60km from Adelaide. It used to be a bit of a God's waiting room as it was favoured by retirees for it's often way cooler than Adelaide climate...but these days it's more of a new suburb of Adelaide as younger people settle there and commute.

The weather shouldn't worry the riders tomorrow.  The expected top is only 29 degrees (85 in F) and even the Southerly wind won't worry them until they hit Goolwa as they pass mainly through wind protected valleys.

Le map!

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via www.tourdownunder.com.au

There are two long and pretty gut busting hills to ride up before they get to the first KOM at Wickham's Hill.  The views of the Southern Vales from Wickhams are special, especially at sunset but I'm sure the riders won't be taking photos....unlike me who will be taking the trusty old Brownie along for the ride when I do the same course a wee bit earlier.

It's a glorious ride through both Pine and gum tree forests until the route decends to the coast at Goolwa.  The ride from Goolwa to Victor is famous for wind, and with a predicted SW tomorrow they might even be riding into a stiff one.  Lances preperation on the lava fields were probably for this stage.

The climb up to the second KOM is not as hard as it looks and if a breakaway is going to succeed this week then I think that today's the day.  Word going round is that most teams are saving their trump cards for Saturday's stage.  Jorg Ludwig said that he had dined with Caisse D and that's where they would definitely be attacking...can't wait.

There is a good downhill to rest the legs with spectacular sea views of Granite Island straight ahead before things flatten off for the sprint.  I hope a break can hang on with two or three Jokers having a few minutes over the pack....that would make Friday more interesting.

OK...nighty night....5AM start for me and another 150km+ in the saddle....and definitely no beer stops tomorrow.

Oh!  Go on then, just one more happy snap from today.

Tour2009stuff

via mellowjohnnyg2009tourdownunder.bigblog.com.au

One for the Garmin Varmint's. Juliam Dean giving it heaps. 

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