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Few stage race day starts are as iconic as Col des Champs, now a legendary part of the Trans-Provence story. The col would see no racing today but would make the perfect start the day before riders tackled the short but sharp Day 2.
A real mix of riding greeted the riders on Day 2 as they skirted the Mercantour National Park and entered the Maritime Alps. Everything from high Grey Earth, flat-out woods and some steeper trails made it a smorgasbord of what Trans-Provence has become known and loved for over the years.
Day 2 really showcased the quintessence of Trans-Provence, with four stages of on-sight woodland adventure racing. An ominous forecast failed to materialise until late in the day as riders made their way from stage 7 to 8. The Dark Cloud Crew rolled into Guillaumes at the tail end of a record late finish. They and the last few on-mountain staff, were caught out as the heavens opened delivering a short, late afternoon burst of hail and rain in equal measure.
Day 2 Statistics:
No. of Special Stages: 4