Stage one: The sun is shining and the crowds of volunteers, race staff, riders, and fans are huge. It's the Tour Cyclist Féminin International de l'Ardèche, so all of that is normal. But what is not normal is that kilometers after we roll off of the start line, my dérailleur is all over the place and my brake is rubbing but I notice that part too late. I can't manage to make the front group, I keep getting shuffled back while I fight with my bike.
Better luck in the next stage?
Leah Kirchmann is the top Canadian finisher, having raced in the front selection and finishing in the top 10. She's only seconds behind the leader in the Best Young Rider classification. Can we take it?