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by Scott Penzarella on August 28, 2012
Col du Telegraphe - Col du Galibier - Alpe d'Huez
Day two was going to be the main event or in the words of the race director the main course of a three course meal. This stage would cover about 70 miles with a net elevation gain in excess of 10,000 feet. Once again it would be a TT trial climbing two Cols the Telegraphe and the Galibier. In addition riders would be able to ride individually for time up Alpe d'Huez. This is the climb that gave Carlos Sastre the Tour win in 2008. Turn 17 was renamed in his honor and he would be returning to that climb for the first time since his victory. For today's and tomorrow's stage the 5th and 6th riders were allowed to leave a few minutes early and reconnect with the team along the way. Our plan was for Chris to, once again, be the 4th rider up the Telegraphe and then either Craig or myself would slot in as the 4th for the Galibier.
Craig Lewis and Scott took a moment to pose for the camera before the start of the race.
Craig and I left early and road up with Jim Nowak, founder of the dZi Foundation, who had been invited by the organizers and Carlos Sastre to ride today's stage. Our team met up with us at the top of the Telegraphe where we took a quick break with the rest of the teams, shed some jackets and refuel.
Chris had done a stellar job yesterday and this morning, but not without a price. He was visibly tired and it was time for either Craig or myself to come forward. Craig took off his jacket and said he was ready to step in as number 4. The Galibier was going to be a tough climb , an ascent of almost 4000 feet over 12 miles. Craig was up for the challenge and put in a spectacular effort up this difficult but beautiful mountain. Scott put it best: " Craig dug deep!"
In the end it all distills down to teamwork and this photo describes the essence of camaraderie.
When Chris and I reached the summit of the Galibier we were greeted by our teammates who once again finished in a respectable fifth place. Great job team!