Wednesday, the 9th of July. Who doesn’t remember the Tour stage on that day? It was wet, muddy and there were eight strokes of cobblestones. It was the day that Chris Froome left the Tour de France, the day that Nibali gained a lot of seconds on his rivals and it was the day of Lars Boom; the winner of the day. He has also introduced a new kind of selfie. Let’s call it ‘the day after’ selfie. We see Boom sitting in the bus, all clean and ready for another day. Boring selfie. No, I prefer the selfies that were taken on the day itself, right after the finish. That muddy face of Ben King (GRS) shows how hard it was on the cobbles. Jérémy Roy (FDJ) shares a photo from before the race and after the race with us, so we can clearly see the difference. It is also quite hard to recognize Paul Voss from Team NetApp-Endura. On the other hand, the boys from Movistar look like they had a good time on the bike that day. And although the boys of Team Giant-Shimano are still smiling, they really need to take a shower.
More selfies were taken since the cobblestone stage. Actually, Team Astana takes the phenomenon to a whole new level. They introduced the ‘gangster selfie’ to us. Michael Scarponi and Lieuwe Westra are particularly good at taking these kind of selfies. But I guess I wouldn’t want to run into Kévin Réza and Bryan Coquard from Europcar either. These guys can also pull some intense faces. Thomas Voeckler is famous for pulling different faces during a race, but his teammates can pull this off too. In fact, Réza looks funny in a selfie with another teammate, Perrig Quemeneur. On a rest day, funny photos always seem to appear more often than usual. Riders obviously need to relax and have some time on their hands. So Marcel Sieberg posted a selfie where we see that the Lotto-Belisol boys can also ride without their hands on the handlebars. It’s a classic: ‘Look mom, no hands!’ But José Serpa (LAM) finally had the time to shave and posted a selfie of his ‘less hairy face’. “At last,” he tweets, “a bit of time to shave”. Ben King (GRS) is just happy that it finally got a lot sunnier in France on the rest day.
Samuel Dumoulin and Romain Bardet from AG2R La Mondiale felt like they had to look sharp on the 14th of July, the French National Day. On La Fête nationale – or Bastille Day – the French riders always try their hardest to stand out and show their capabilities to the French public. This year, it was Tony Gallopin (LTB) who got to wear the yellow jersey on his country’s national day. This was a very special moment for him. Adam Hansen was also very happy with this and took a selfie of him and Gallopin in the yellow jersey. Besides that, Dumoulin and Bardet were happy with their Oakley sunglasses and tried to look tough and ready for action when they took a selfie of themselves before the stage.
A selfie is also a nice way to show who you have to share a room with during this year’s Tour. We learn that Paul Voss and Andreas Schillinger (TNE) are roommates in this Tour edition and since the first rest day the brothers Brice and Romain Feillu (BSE) are reunited again. Alessandro De Marchi and Marco Marcato (CAN) share a room as well, but in their selfie, they also include a reference to their teammate Peter Sagan. At the Tour’s team presentation in Yorkshire in the UK, Sagan showed his new ‘Wolverine hair’. Wolverine is a superhero that appears in comic books and X-Men movies. De Marchi and Marcato have a photo of Wolverine in their room and pose with it.
However, these kind of selfies sometimes do not only include riders, but might also include other interesting things. For example, Steven Kruijswijk seems to share his room with Laurens ten Dam and took a selfie in their room. But the Belkin riders have apparently joined the ‘Calippo hype’ and showed their Calippo on the selfie. In case you didn’t know, the Calippo is a freezie – or by some called ice pop or popsicle– that can be bought in different flavours. Since Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb shared their love for this popsicle, other riders and cycling fans have jumped on the bandwagon. Kruijswijk and ten Dam obviously felt like they couldn’t stay behind. Well, who could blame them?
Moreover, we also regularly find selfies on the internet that do not include any human beings at all. No, these selfies seem to be taken by animals. Cows, dogs, and even horses that took a selfie with their phone. Wait, what? Of course these pictures were taken, photo shopped, and manipulated by people. But they can still be very funny to look at. There are also animals in this year’s Tour de France, except in this case, they are not real. And no, we are not talking about the animals that we see in the background of the race sometimes. Fast horses following the peloton or dogs that stand a bit too close to the road, we do not see them in selfies. That would be way too dangerous for the riders.
It is the leader in the General Classification and wearer of the yellow jersey who always receives a lion after every stage. These cuddly toys always end up in our Twitter timelines somehow. They are mostly lined up in the team buses and taken care of by the bus driver. The winners of the team classification also get a stuffed animal this year; a very adorable cow. Samuel Dumoulin (ALM) shared a ‘selfie of the day’ on which we saw this cow with blue shades on. His bus driver Cyrille Bertino, on the other hand, posted a selfie that shows the cow in quite another daylight; a cow that looks like he could ride Michael Cherel’s bike in the Tour. He has a jersey number on his back, wears sunglasses and has a helmet on his head. But Cherel can’t let a stuffed animal ride the Tour for him and just like all the other riders, he has to face the Alps in the upcoming Tour days.