Time goes by fast
Pedal harder
Pull what's amassed
in my larder
Down in a tuck
showing some pluck
to trial with style

Image of time trial rider Connor Swift in first stage in Copenhagen Denmark of 2022 Tour de France courtesy of A.S.O./Charly Lopez at Tour de France Media Area free of rights pictures.

Words © Stephen W. Buchanan 2022

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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

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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.