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Bonjour! It Is Le Tour In Photos (1)

Bonjour! Here we are again, another year gone. The Tour de France has just begun and the riders entered France today. The race started in Germany, where thousands of people came out and cheered for the riders. Last Thursday, the riders were presented and on that day the biggest circus of the whole cycling year officially began. Three weeks Le Tour de France. Three weeks in photos.

These are the riders from Team Movistar. They are ready for another Tour de France. But first they have to present themselves to the German crowd. Hola!

Bauke Mollema from Team Trek – Segafredo tried to make a selfie with his team just before the team presentation, but it was teammate Koen ‘rockstar’ de Kort who stole the show in this picture.

While waiting for the team presentation Esteban Chaves from Orica-Scott thought about some new goals to achieve in this year’s Tour de France. Although no one is really expecting that he will make that goal…

The riders of Cofidis are ready for another Tour de France. The team received a wildcard again and with sprinter Nacer Bouhanni they hope for a win in one of the sprint stages.

Roy Curvers from Team Sunweb just before the team presentation. There is no way back now. Three weeks of sprints, rain, crashes, bad days, climbs and hopefully some good days for his team.

Meet the oldies of the Tour de France.  Daryl Impey (on the left) is ‘just’ 32, but Mathew Hayman is one of the oldest riders participating in the Tour the France this year. He is 39 and with all his experience he will be of good help for the young boys in his team Orica-Scott.

Michal Kwiatkowski thinks he can beat his teammate Chris Froome. He will be faster in the sprints, but I am not so sure about the climbs. He will definitely not beat him there.

Simon Yates has some news for us. He thinks that he can run faster than Chris Froome. Who does not remember the running of Froome in the Tour of last year? Lets all hope that none of the riders has to run on the climbs, because that was one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Tour de France.

Before the race starts, every rider gets his own number. Simon Clarke from Cannondale – Drapac is showing his numbers and seems pleased with it.

The race took off on the first of July. The Tour started with a time trial around Düsseldorf. It is the first Tour de France for Thomas Boudat. He is only 23 years old, but the team management of Direct Energie decided to let him start the biggest race of the season. He is very talented and also very excited.

This is another great story. Taylor Phinney crashed hard in the year 2014, recovered and is now riding his first Tour de France. With already a great time trial (12th place) on the first day, he went in the breakaway in the second stage and scored enough points for the polkadot jersey.

He took too many risks, Alejandro Valverde. The time trial was ridden in the rain and the roads were wet. In a corner he crashed hard and in a split second the Tour de France was over and out. No podium chances for Valverde this year and a long recovery ahead. At least he can still smile in his hospital bed.

The team Wanty-Groupe Gobert also received a wildcard for this year’s Tour de France. After the third stage they were the best overall team. They were all happy with the cute cows and were glad that these cuddle toys are present again this year.


Tour Life (2)

The first part of the Tour de France is done and dusted. We saw Mark Cavendish take three stages, a well deserved win for Greg van Avermaet and Chris Froome already won a stage and is wearing the yellow jersey right now. Behind the scenes a lot more happened in the lives of the riders in the Tour de France.

Inside the Lampre bus
Life in the Tour seems easy. You have breakfast, you walk to the bus, you sit down and put your legs up and off you go. Until the bus stops. That means one thing: get up and get on that bike for another four hours of cycling!

Kittel after stage 7 I mean Just No

It is a cow and… Marcel Kittel? Same sunglasses, different haircut? The presents they get on stage these days… In the Giro all the winners got this weird green thing, in the Tour they give away little fluffy cows. Kittel sure is a fan of this cow.

Greg why I mean... No

From a cow we go to the yellow lion! We all know that Greg van Avermaet was so proud to ride in yellow, but he never told us that he was also proud of the lion he got. And then he dressed him up like a rider. The things the riders do when they have nothing to do in the bus.

Mathias Frank swimming pool I know too much

After a stage in the mountains, riders want to cool down. Some riders choose to do this on the bike, others just climb in a cold bath in the team car right after they have finished. The riders from IAM Cycling have the privilege of taking their own cold baths in one of the team cars. Mathias Frank is quite enjoying his view here.

Tour de Theuns. Wow. July six

And when you can’t have a bath just after the finish, you just take one at the hotel. Edward Theuns from Trek-Segafredo thought that he could use a bath after a long stage in the mountains. He has the whole swimming pool for himself. I guess Fabian Cancellara was too tired to jump in with him.

Emanol Erviti one week cycling

This is the result of one week in the Tour de France. Imanol Erviti from Team Movistar shows his right leg. It was quite a sunny week!

Kreuziger restday

And then there was that first rest day. Finally, not a ride of more than 150 kilometers. Team Tinkoff did an easy ride and ended it with a nice cup of coffee.

Sinkeldam rest day I mean what

The riders from Team Giant-Alpecin did exactly the same. Just remember, if you take a photo of these guys, this is what you get (except for John Degenkolb, always a gentleman).

There will be more ‘Tour Life’ updates here, because we don’t want to miss out on the life of the riders in the Tour de France.

Tour Life (1)

The Tour de France consists out of 21 stages. That is a fact. We, the fans, can all watch the stages on our television,  laptop or smart phone. But the Tour de France is way more than that. It is one of the biggest commercial rollercoasters and the riders are the ones who are taking the ride. So we want to know about them. We can follow their ‘Tour Life’ on social media (Twitter, Instagram) and some of the best photos are shown here. This way, riders let us take a look behind the scenes of the Tour de France. We can enjoy the Tour in another way.

Dan Martin cushions Quickstep floor present

A day before the Tour start, Dan Martin showed us that he was pleased with the gift from his team’s sponsor Quick-Step. This sponsor gave all the nine riders participating in the Tour four different cushions. A yellow one, a green one, a white one and one with polka dots on it. We can all see that Martin’s favorites are the yellow one and the one with the polka dots.

Greg Tejay BMC relaxing after stage 1

And then the race took off. After the first hectic stage, these two boys already needed some ‘relaxation time’. They know that Paris is still a long way to go. Tejay van Garderen still smiles, but Greg van Avermaet definitely needs his shoulder to lean on. Already after stage one, that can’t be good…

Oscar Gatto after first day Sean Yates

Relaxing? Other riders, like Oscar Gatto here, were pretty tired after stage one. Oh boy, we still have 20 stages to go. Or was he just checking his phone? It seems like Gatto has fallen asleep though. One of the staff members of the team took this photo, but he doesn’t know the answer either.

mark renshaw second stage

Smile! Mark Cavendish did not only win stage one, but also took the yellow jersey. This photo was taken just before the start of stage two. Mark Renshaw is quite happy for his leading man, he just can’t take that smile of his face.

Valverde just ride the truck

Hmm… wasn’t this man 3rd in the Tour de France of last year? And now he is a truck driver? Oh no, Alejandro Valverde is participating in this year’s Tour de France. But whenever he is going to quit cycling, we know where to find him. He will probably be driving the truck of Team Movistar.

leigh howard pre post dinner no way

After some time in the truck, it is time for dinner.  And for sure, don’t we all want to know what the riders are eating? Well, Leigh Howard from IAM Cycling is thinking of us and he posts photos of the pre-race and post-race dinner every day! It looks delicious and healthy. Bon appetit!

Tom Dumoulin, that is not a hotel!

Of course the riders are sleeping in hotels. Well, hotel? This thing looks more like a castle to me. Which riders are staying here after stage three and can we call ‘the lucky ones’? Well, one of them is the ‘yawn-man’. Yes, Tom Dumoulin yawned during stage three before a camera and guess what he gets: a big castle.

For the next two and a half weeks there will be more ‘Tour Life’ updates here, because we don’t want to miss out on the life of the riders in the Tour de France.