SVEIN
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Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ Svein

@SveinTuft of ORICA-GreenEDGE is the rider wearing the white and red Canadian champion jersey that you’ve seen for a few days now. Born in 1977, Svein Tuft dominated the 2014 elite men’s individual time trial and road race at the Canadian National Championships. It is Tuft’s ninth time trial title and his second road title.

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↥ ULTIMATE TEAMMATE

Svein is really known in the peloton for his dedication to his team, ORICA-GreenEDGE, and his ability to work tirelessly. He recently finished the Giro d’Italia with only one other teammate, Michael Hepburn and he is now part of the team’s line-up for the 2014 Tour de France.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

↥ DOG DAYS

Svein has quite the background. He left school at the young age of 16 to travel with his dog and spent the next few years mountain biking and taking long trips across North America where he developed into a road cyclist.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ HELPING HAND

He often rides in the front of the peloton to chase the breakaways and helps his teammates place themselves in the bunch for the final push. In stage three he placed Michael Albasini – 3rd overall – helping him to stay in touch with the best sprinters and to keep his rank.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ Thanks, Svein

We really like the Canadian. He’s one of those riders that you are very proud to have as an ambassador for your brand. He works hard, plays an important role in his team and is always available for a good chat.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

 

Title Photo: TDWSport.com

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↥ THE LAST 1000

The last kilometer – la flamme rouge – is always indicated by an inflatable arch with a red flag on top of it. It allows the peloton to know that they have reached the last, and often times most important kilometer of the day’s stage. For a few riders, it marks an achievement and for everyone, it begins the end of the day, a moment to take a deep breath and to already start thinking about the upcoming recovery massage sessions.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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On certain flat stages, like today in London, a sprint finish is guaranteed. It is time for the sprint team to expend their last bits of energy in order to keep their leaders well placed and to offer them the best chance at glory.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Sprinters always keep their eye on the finish. Frankly, it is a huge part of their job, and in a city like London it can include some tricky corners and classic white road signs painted on the ground which become tricky when rain is present. Riders have to know the last curves in advance so as to be sure to not have any surprises when riding at speeds upwards of 65km/h.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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The last kilometer lasts less than 1 minute on a flat stage but these 60 seconds are often times the most enthralling of the day for spectators and fans alike. Commentators join the fans in pushing the favorites in loud, vocal fashion.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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While the finish line is reached, it is time to rest for a couple of seconds, to grab a drink, to speak a bit with the press and finally to meet up with the team on the bus.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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