I had cycled past this view many times before I actually stopped to take a photo of it. The trouble with it is that it's about two thirds of the way up a climb I tackle at the end of my rides, meaning that I'm generally too absorbed to want to stop or just too eager to get home.
The idea of doing a study abroad is certainly an appealing one, jetting off to a faraway country to spend a year soaking up the sun on idyllic beaches, exploring new cities and of course enjoying the food and drink. But far from being a glorified gap year, studying in another country means that when you come back, you will have a variety of useful skills that make you more employable.
More famous for its port wine than its food culture, Porto is nonetheless a real gem for any foodie. With exquisite seafood, a mix of Portuguese and world cuisine, and a surprising array of vegetarian and vegan options, Porto’s food scene really does cater for everyone.
He may not have been considered among the top tier of pre-race favourites, but Thomas has impressed with his assured ride to grand tour greatness over the last three weeks. However, should this victory really have come as a surprise? There are a number of reasons why the Welshman’s yellow jersey win was perhaps not expected, but has certainly not come out of the blue.