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.

Tour de(layed) France

The teams arrayed
anxious to start
the long delayed
but Grand Depart
Glad for the chance
to race through France
as did COVID

Image – 26/08/2020 – Tour de France 2020 – Grand Depart a Nice – Tramway de Nice © A.S.O./ Pauline Ballet

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2020

Posted to reflect today as the start of the much delayed 2020 version of Le Tour de France.

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