Stage 18 was an incredible performance by Romain Bardet soloing to victory. His descending skills match his climbing skills as the Frenchman went over the Col du Glandon and the Lacets de Montvernier. After the stage Purito Rodriguez and Romain Bardet are both tie in the KoMs classification. Rodriguez will wear the Polka Dot jersey as he has won more HC climbs than Bardet.
Yesterday our FRFuggitivi group embraced (or at least I tried to) the climb up Mt. Seymour (elevation: 1000 metres, length: 13km). It's our own storming of the Bastille Day climb in honor of tomorrow's mountains in Le Tour de France. To us, mountains mean Mt. Seymour a long savage climb and it was good reason to ride with French theme kits. I channeled my inner Virenque wearing the new King of the Mountains cap brim up to show our flashy polka dots. I'm not a climber and my struggle up was anything but flashy however I comfortably rode in the auto bus with Mario enjoying our conversations watching the kilometers signs tick by.
Congratulations to Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) is currently the KoMs in Le Tour. A historical first; first Eritrean African to wear the polka dot jersey and first major Tour jersey for the first African registered MTN-Qhubeka team!