COFFEE
12
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ CUP O' JOE

As every good cyclist knows, coffee is an integral part of cycling’s culture, they simply go hand in hand. Enjoyed by the professionals, the enthusiast racer and the weekend devotee, coffee features on race days and on rest days. They like their coffee strong, either as an espresso or in the form of a specialty drink like a latte Macchiato. It has to be prepared with the same attention to detail that a mechanic would clean the team leader’s bike.

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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There is a mysterious affinity between coffee and cycling. Though, not so mysterious perhaps. Coffee contains one of the only performance enhancing drugs that is allowed to take on the Tour de France, caffeine.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ COFFEE IS EVERYTHING

Coffee in general brings people together. We offer our guests a cup of coffee while the neighborhood coffee shop is typically a safe and comfortable place to hang out with our friends. Many of us start our day with, and some can’t imagine starting without, this special beverage.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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↥ MACCHIATO

Distinct from both a latte and a caffe macchiato, a latte macchiato is a glass of steamed milk with a middle band of espresso. The espresso settles under the airy milk froth yet over the liquid milk surface, creating a beautiful, three-layered, white-brown-white coffee with a foamy head rising over the glass. It’s a nifty effect to create and even more pleasurable to dissolve.

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↥ BAROUDERS

Each stage has its fair share of breakaways. The ‘’barouders’’ are cyclists who are possibly the most visible of the peloton given that they predominantly ride at the front of the bunch. They are certainly not pure sprinters nor climbers but rather they are the consistent guys. They normally work for their leader but when stage’s strategy allows for them to take the early morning breakaway, they don’t need to be asked twice.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ TEAMWORK

In the breakaway, no matter who is the strongest, riders have to work together. Each one has to give others a ride at the head to allow the others to have a rest. The common motive is to ride as hard as they can and to create the biggest gap possible with the peloton.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ POWER

Road Cycling is an unbalanced sport, the largest group in the end has the power to make many decisions. The breakaway’s gap is not a question of the energy the ‘’barouders’’ have but rather it is about how much time the peloton gives them. When it comes to a long flat finish, the sprint team always puts their breakaway killer at the head to set up the sprint finish.

Image: Kristof Ramon

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↥ CLOSE CALL

Narrow and twisty roads and certain weather conditions can also play in favor of breakaways, if the chasers don’t see the gap reducing in the last kilometers, they will certainly give up. Today’s break lasted up until a few kilometers from the finish, where it was decimated. Finishes have been close this year!

Photo: Jered & Ashley Gruber

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