The Fifteenth Day

The guard had changed
The sky fallen
Hopes rearranged
in a tailspin
Their mountain fast
crumbled at last
and sun grip done

Photo Credit: Le Tour de France 2020, Thématique : Etape 15 – Lyon / Grand Colombier, Photographer Alex Broadway – A.S.O./Alex Broadway

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2020

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

For those wondering what this poem is about, on the fifteenth stage of Le Tour de France 2020, Egan Bernal, the 2019 TdF winner, of Team Ineos Grenadiers (formerly Team Ineos and Team Sky), a young Columbian rider who is a natural in the mountains, was left behind on a mountain stage where it was predicted he would take the lead and yellow jersey of the race. His team has always been good in the mountains, and riders for the team won seven of the last eight TdFs. It will now take an enormous effort for Team Ineos Grenadiers to win the lead from Team Jumbo Visma.

8 thoughts on “The Fifteenth Day

    1. Thank you! I managed to watch this stage of the race and it was full of intrigue up to the end. So it made for a good ha’sonnet vignette. I used to be a Team Sky fan, though I switched to Team EF two years ago because I like their bold style and stated mission. Watching Bernal struggle was a surprise, though.


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