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Dear Thomas

12 July 2017

Dear Thomas,

This is your last Tour de France. It is actually your last race. At the Champs-Élysées you will ride your final kilometres as a professional cyclist. This is your fifteenth Tour de France. It is the race where it all started for you. Because of that, you thought that it would be a nice honour to also end it here.

I remember the fifth stage in the Tour de France of 2004. You went in the breakaway with five other riders. The group was able to stay away and gained a couple of minutes on the peloton. You did not win that day, but you did claim the yellow jersey. No one thought that you would hold on to that jersey for so many days. You survived the Pyrenees and the whole of France started to believe that there was a possibility that you could actually win that Tour de France. But in the Alps you could not follow the best climbers of the peloton and you had to give up on the ‘yellow dream’.

Afterwards,  you became a national hero in France. The French people saw the next winner of the Tour de France in you. Although you never came close again in the next few years, the fans never gave up hope. In 2009 you won your first stage in the Tour de France, in 2011 you even wore the yellow jersey again for ten days and just missed out on the podium in the final classification. In 2012 you claimed two stage wins and went home with the polka dot jersey.

That is only the Tour de France, I did not even mention the other beautiful wins in your career. Two times national champion of France, victories in the Critérium du Dauphiné and Paris-Nice, winner of the Brabantse Pijl.

Although you were not always loved by the other riders in the peloton or some of the cycling fans, you made it clear during your career that you were on of the most important French riders of your generation. I hope you will enjoy the rest of this Tour de France. If you get the chance in the mountains, make sure you will place a typical ‘Voeckler’ attack, so we can all enjoy that one last time.

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Tour Life (3)

We enter the last couple of days in the Tour de France. It did fly by. We can call Peter Sagan the king of the Tour already, with his three stage wins and his twinkling eyes. And will he or will he not? Will Chris Froome win another Tour de France? Or is that little Colombian guy up to something? Or maybe Mollema? That is future talk, but a lot happened in the lives of the riders in the second week of the Tour de France. Here is an update from all the past events.

Hotel view Meintjes

You wake up, you look out of your window and you see… this? Louis Meintjes saw it when he looked out of his window in his hotel room.

Team Direct Energie breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Take a look at the riders from Team Direct Energie eating their breakfast before the hard stage to the Mont Ventoux. Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel can even smile, although some of the other riders can’t. Probably afraid of the upcoming stage…

Team Cofidis ontbijt muhaha

Then again, you haven’t seen the breakfast table of Team Cofidis. Oh my… if you can eat all that, for sure you can climb up a mountain!

Albert Timmer Barguil curtains what

And after a long day out there on the bike, riders want to sleep. So, what do you do with matresses you don’t need? Albert Timmer and Warren Barguil of Team Giant-Alpecin knew what to do with them. They used them as curtains. I think they slept like a baby that night.

Tony easy ride

Hello, I’m Tony. I have been in the breakaway all day long and look at me. I am not in pain, I feel fine. You know what, shall we do this again? What do you say, Julian? Julian?

Alessandro Tegner Julian haha

Answer of Julian Alaphilippe seems clear to me. That is definitely a ‘no’.

Mathew Hayman oh my

Mathew Hayman decided to shave his hair on the final rest day. Just to look fancy in the last days of the Tour de France. But the man who will do the shaving is Dan Jones (the man behind all the backstage passes). So if we’ll spot Hayman in the next few days without any hair, we know who is responsible for that.

Markus Burghardt what a view

Marcus Burghardt says thanks to the organisation for putting the BMC Racing Team in such a nice hotel with such a nice view. I wouldn’t complain either.

Maciej Bodnar rest day

Coffee stop for the Tinkoff boys on the rest day! Lovely.

There will be one more ‘Tour Life’ update here on the Ride On! blog, because we don’t want to miss out on the life of the riders in the Tour de France.