We can only imagine what it takes to get to the Tour de France, let alone complete all of the stages and finish at the front of the peloton. In a high pressure race things change quickly; it takes incredible determination and resilience to hold one’s place. And as we saw with Ted King, suffering doesn’t always get you to the Champs Elysees.
In the words of Laurens ten Dam, “The first week of the tour was above and beyond.” The Belkin pro rider climbed his way into fourth place in the Pyrenees and after a day of rest is holding strong in Le Tour de France. Here is an inside look and personal reflection on riding at the front of the pack.