PHOTO REPORT – the Etape Conquers Soulor!

 

Our intrepid roving photographer Christine drove to the top of Aubisque early in the morning before the roads were closed, and at 7am was greeted by an amazing view, to the sound of sheep and cow bells echoing through the mist.

 

 

The mountain tops rose above the early morning cloud

 

 

Later, as the cloud had cleared, the climb to the Col de Soulor became clearly visible, steep and spectacular

 

 

Just before 11 am, the first Etape riders the tackled the last km of the climb

 

 

Spectators lined the roadside in the final kilometres before the top, encouraging the competitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 1k to go to the top of Soulor!

 

 

 

Finally – over the timing mat at the top of the Col!

 

 

 

There was a definite feeling of relief at the water stop!

 

 

Few riders stopped for the café!

 

 

The Mavic engineers were kept busy!

 

 

Few riders looked back to admire the spectacular road linking Soulor with Aubisque

 

 

Leaving Soulor behind for the next challenge!