TRANSITION
15
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ TRANSITION

The transition between the alps and the Pyrenees on the Tour de France always forces a bit of sympathy out of us. The road is never far from the Mediterranean Sea, the proverbial smells of holiday comes to mind, and the lavender fields transcend an idea of momentary respite within the peloton.

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↥ FOCUS

Even if it looks and seems sympathetic, riders and primarily general classification contenders have to focus their attention all day long. This area is very well known for high winds and frequent thunderstorms. While for most, the concept of wind equates to staying in the middle of the bunch, for others, it certainly means something different.

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↥ CHANCES

Barouders will once again take their chances, and leading teams will try the famous echelons during cross winds. It is a way to shed some precious seconds and to be sure to keep some well-placed riders safe in order to dispute a sprint final.

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↥ DRAMA

The show can be at its most tantalizing best only if the weather conditions turn into a disaster. Warm pouring rain from the thunderstorm hits the riders, giving photographers the chance to get some dramatic effect out of their shots.

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↥ PERFECT COMBO

The combination of the wind and the rain is sometimes the recipe for a successful breakaway, while during transition stages, sprinter teams are not 100% Today’s stage gave us exactly what we were looking for.

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↥ DREAMS

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↥ LIFE

Sport is a daily motivation-though it requires some sacrifice, it offers much more in terms of a healthy mind and body. It helps all of us to take a break, to take some time away from our daily routine. For some, however, it is the daily routine, it is life.

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↥ UNFAIR

Athletes work around the clock, in all conditions, all year long. Weekends? No problem. Holiday? Maybe two weeks, but certainly not in summer when they can enjoy it. For athletes, believe it or not, life can be unfair.

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↥ ALL EYES

And when you are at the top of the sport, where your life goal is to reach the Tour de France and then once you are finally in, regardless of whether it is the first or the tenth time, you are here. You have to perform. The world is watching.

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↥ BREAK

Chances are that you are not a general classification contender and the only chance you get to enjoy these 3 weeks is to take a breakaway, to show the spectators you are here and this whole thing was not just some fluke- it was the result of your intentions and determination.

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↥ HEAD OF THE RACE

You made it, finally; you spend the whole day at the head of the race. Looking at the ‘’ardoisier’’ how big the gap is from the chasers, from the bunch.

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↥ CRUEL

You close your eyes and you push yourself to make it to the finish… You are almost there… you can see the finish line! You could have touched it first, but what a cruel, cruel sport! This, my friends, is why we love the Tour.

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