Rest Days Are Best Days

The Tour de France finished last Sunday in Paris. Three weeks of hard work, suffering, falling and getting back on the bike are done now. Riders are heading home to their wives, dogs, kids or are riding a criterium somewhere in Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands. Luckily for the fans, a lot of riders in the peloton still use Twitter nowadays. Although they didn’t use the media as much as they did last year during the Tour de France. In the days before the start in Utrecht, only a handful of photos were posted on Twitter by the riders. Most of them were taken during the team presentation and were posted by the Tour organisation. Only a few were taken by riders on the little boats that brought them to the podium. Roy Curvers from Team Giant-Alpecin  shows us in his photo that the team enjoyed the time they spent on the boat.

The lion. Whenever you are wearing the yellow jersey, you also win a little fluffy lion. Nice to have for kids, but some riders are holding on to it like trophies. Tony Martin left the Tour after a fall, but he also had to leave his three little lions. They took his spot in the team bus and it wasn’t until Paris that he reunited again with the lions. He’s not the only one getting excited about lions. Chris Froome treats his lions like they are his ‘homies’. I mean, sunglasses?

I realise that the riders are spending a lot of time in the bus, but really? Geraint Thomas is almost the worst ‘how to make a photograph in a bus’ guy on this planet. Nice knee, but to whom belong those heads in the front of the bus?
On the other hand, Louis Meintjes knows how to make bus photos. He’s the king of making photos of a bus heading to the start with a bunch of smiling riders in it. I like it. Make some more, dude!

What are rest days for again? Oh yes, to rest. To take an easy ride. Or, take a ride on another… thing. That’s what André Greipel did on the first rest day, stating ‘rest days are best days’. The photo definitely tells us that the statement of Greipel is completely true. Although other teams do take their own bike to go out for a ride, Team Sky was all excited and Team Movistar was making a nice tour through the area. Still, John Degenkolb is the owner of ‘making the best team photos on rest days.’

So far the mornings of the rest days. The afternoon is… quite shocking. Lieuwe Westra shows us how hard it is to ride a tour and we definitely feel for Jos van Emden and Mark Cavendish… but I don’t know what José Serpa and Filippo Pozzato were thinking when this photo was taken? Maybe they weren’t even thinking, because they seem pretty knocked out to me.

In the end, riders forget about pain and suffering and they are just happy that they have made it to Paris. Thibaut Pinot is celebrating his victory, Romain Bardet does so too and now we all know how huge that tongue of Wout Poels is. Thanks for that. And what’s up with the new club? Manuel Quinziato calls it the ‘recovery club’. They joined each other after the stage to the Alpe d’Huez and had a good time together. It looks to me as if they were very happy with the fact that the Tour de France was almost over. Greipel was right about the rest days, but the day in Paris is even better.


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