25.07.2010, Geilo-Aurland (110.2 Km – 750 m)
[Pictures] The second day was not as hard as the first one. Starting in Geilo this mornig the temperatures were quite chilling (around 10°C), so I opted for long sleeved jersey and 3/4 shorts. Considering that the first 10 Km were straight downhill and several tunnels were expected on the final part of the stage it wasn’t a bad choice. At the beginning of the stage I was able to demonstrate my downhill abilities by starting the descent in front of the group and ending it at the end (and we’re talking of touring class riders!). The climb started in Hol and lead gently from a rich valley forrest to a barren mountain plain. It was good to find a small group to cycle with along the 20 Km coasting lake Strandavatnet to the timing line and the feeding station. The descent to Aurland was really spectacular, with several long tunnels (up to 4 Km) leading down the valley to the Aurlandsfjord. And yet, these were just an appetizer as tomorrow we will be cycling through the longest car tunnel in the world, some 25 Km between Aurland and Leardal… it will surely be a spooky experience!