The Tour took one final breather on Tuesday before a gauntlet of four stages in the Alps, plus the final dash on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The five Americans who started the race are all still in it. Here’s how four of them are feeling with less than a week to go.
What was your first thought when you got up this morning?
Pete Stetina (Trek – Segafredo): Damnit Pete, keep your eyes closed. Longer … longer.
Alex Howes (Cannondale – Drapac): I don’t remember. I don’t remember what happened 5min … Wait, what was the question?
Lawson Craddock (Cannondale – Drapac): I wonder how many episodes of “Friday Night Lights” I can get in today.
Brent Bookwalter (BMC): I can’t wait till VeloNews sends me the next round of questions for this rest day. [Don’t get sassy, Brent! -Ed.]
What’s the most French thing that has happened to you so far?
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Stetina: Despite having worldwide roaming, Orange network continually kicks me off every five minutes, and I have to re-search the signal. Except it’s pristine as soon as I got to Suisse yesterday.
Howes: Haunted by a constant string of doorless showers and screen-free windows … Actually, I want to change my answer to Lawson’s internet answer.
Craddock: I haven’t had internet since June.
Bookwalter: The perpetual search for cell signal, wifi, and A/C.
[Business idea: Wireless hotspot for TDF riders sold on an hourly rate. You’re welcome -Ed.]
Describe your mood today in one word
Craddock: … Paltry [You mean sultry? -Ed.] Yeah, both.
Which would you prefer right now, a cheeseburger with avocado or an ice cream sundae (extra fudge, maybe some sprinkles if you’ve been good)?
Stetina: A hoppy NorCal IPA. Pairs well with ice cream or a burger.
Howes: Burger, no avocado, bacon, beer, pancakes finished with a whiskey milkshake.
Craddock: Ice cream sundae that I can dip my french fries into.
Bookwalter: I’ll take the cheeseburger first, please.
Rank in order of importance: Coffee, chamois cream, post-race massage
Stetina: Coffee has now become 3x day to feel anything.
Howes: Coffee, coffee, coffee, sleep
Craddock: Coffee is the only option. At this point I rub ground coffee into my chamois and then dip into a iced coffee bath post stage.
Bookwalter: Coffee x3.
Who is your style icon?
Stetina: As of right now, Abercrombie and Fitch; all I do is lay around in underwear in these non A/C hotels.
Howes: John Wayne.
Craddock: Ron Weasley.
Bookwalter: It’s the third week … I’m into function over form these days.