If inspired, I might go to Amiens, Abbeville or Le Havre at the beginning, since they are all easy to get to from Paris. If I get enthusiastic, I might go to La Pierre Saint Martin in the Pyrénées, which is very close to the Gorges of Kakuetta which I wouldn't mind seeing again during a different season.
Now this thread can go to sleep for the next nine months...
I haven't said anything about the Tour de France as yet. Been watching every day but what interests me more...or maybe the same, is the interviews and general chat about it the next day on NOS Dutch television. I can understand most of it but love the way they interview the 'not so famous' bike riders and take you behind the scenes. For example: this morning we saw mechanices balancing each wheel. One of the young mechanics was dressed only in socks and shoes - some short pants and an apron.....Gawd, why am I not thinking of riding a bike right now
I just love this race but have only experienced being at the finish once. Mmmm.. time to think ahead! I adore the cobble stone road section. I reckon ( besides the high volume of dust) that is a good place to be when watching the Tour up close.
At Vimy Ridge, since the roads were already closed, it was necessary to walk quite a long distance -- I'd say at least 4 kilometres, maybe more. In the village, we only had to park about 50 metres from the road the Tour used. It is often a matter of luck and for the second location, the luck was that the wind and rain had made the riders quite slow. The timings on the map I had were already past, but the riders suddenly appeared 5 minutes after we got there.
(In any case, we weren't going anywhere because the road in front was closed and other cars behind made it impossible to turn around.)
Kerouac can be quite modest. Of course he was a bit lucky, but he also followed his instincts and used his past experience to arrive at the little village just at the perfect time. The first stop was a great one, too. Not only did we get to see the product display (what's it called?) and the riders, but the setting was incredible.
This time it was Tony Martin, wearing the yellow jersey, who fell and broke his collarbone just one kilometre before the finish line. Even though he still qualified for the yellow jersey after crossing the line with the help of his team, he had to abandon the race this afternoon. Tomorrow will be the first time in more than 20 years that the Tour will leave without a cyclist wearing the yellow jersey.
After mostly flat stages up until now, today the Tour hits the Pyrénées, so it should be an excellent show. Naturally, that is done on purpose since it is a national holiday today and everybody can be home to watch them suffer. And boy are they going to suffer for the arrival!
I saw an interview this morning with Lance Armstrong almost defending Froome. I would be more shocked than shocked about Froome than I would be about Lance. I say "No Way Ho Say" is he in the same cock-up. My husband quipped that it was because he isn't French.....how the tune would alter.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jul 19, 2015 8:48:44 GMT
On the news this morning they were saying that some influential French journalists hate team sky (presumably because of Rupert Murdoch?) and have been stirring up the French public against them...hence Chris being doused in urine and accused of taking performance enhancing substances. He seems unphased by it all...I always thought that Froome was a good'un, he is generally presented in a positive light here but then the British press is sooooo biassed it's unreal sometimes.
It would be interesting to compare the biases of the journalists of every single cycling country when they report on a race like this. I'm sure that their reports are all so totally different that it would be impossible to even recognise that it is the same event. As for Team Sky, the French journalists are suspicious because their buses have black windows and all access to them is impossible. However, certain Sky team members took some photos inside and it appears that the buses are equipped with high altitude chambers, which enrich the blood before the race.
Actually, the suspicion started during the Giro in Italy because the team leader slept on one of the buses instead of at a team hotel. This is exactly the sort of thing that Lance Armstrong used to do.
Sky promised to permit access to the buses, but I don't know what they have actually done.
The last I saw this morning on BVN Dutch TV broadcasting to South Africa was shots of police at some place. I understand most Dutch but could not make out what was happening but I presume that throwing urine at a cyclist is considered a criminal offence and I suppose it's being investigated.