Bonneval – Chartres (53.5km) Click for route map
My first memory of Chartres from years ago was seeing the distant cathedral towering above the flat terrain around when we were still miles away. It is an attractive town on the river Eure with ancient buildings as well as the cathedral, a delightful place to wander and enjoy. Chartres Cathedral is famed for its mediaeval stained glass, including a famous rose window, the Belle Verrière window depicting the Virgin Mary and another of a Jesse Tree, the oldest example of its type and dating from around 1145. There is also a fascinating stained glass workshop very close to the cathedral that is well worth a visit. Last time we discovered some lovely medieval carvings around an arch over one of the cathedral doors depicting the traditional labours of the months of the year. I am looking forward to an overnight stop there again in August this year, en route to the west coast and Medoc region.
The cycling today was a Time Trial, with Bradley Wiggins a convincing winner setting a blistering pace and setting a time that was well over a minute shorter than his team mate Chris Froome who was in second place. Only a disaster can now prevent him from crossing the line in Paris tomorrow and climbing the winner’s podium.
The top five of Stage 19
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) SKY
2. Christopher Froome (GBR) SKY at 3’21”
3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) LIQ at 6’19”
4. Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) LTB at 10’15”
5. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 11’04”
Team placings after Stage 19
1. Team Radioshack
2. Sky Procycling
Jerseys for Stage 20
Yellow – Wiggins (2nd overall Froome)
Green – Sagan
Polka Dot – Voeckler
White – Van Garderen
For more information on the cyclists, their teams and how they were placed see the Tour de France official site.
Read my TDF posts covering this and previous years.