Oppy the Kangaroo, also known as the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under promotional vehicle in the Tour de France, has filed his first diary from France on the JCTDU official website:
"Today was the first road stage and a huge eye opener. The stage started in Challans and finished in Les Essarts, 181.5 gruelling kilometres - and that’s just from the car!
"I am used to hard work but was not quite prepared for the VERY long days and the constant change in the weather. A typical day involves departing from the hotel at 7.00 am, driving more than 100km to the race start, driving the next 200km of the race route and then on another 100km to the next hotel where we will bunk for the evening, It is safe to say tonight will be an early night - we have to pace ourselves so there is no exhaustion - how the riders perform so well over such distances is simply amazing.
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