Paris
21
Emotions
and behind the
scenes of
the Tour de France
↥ 3 WEEKS

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ CHAMPS-ELYSEES

Beginning of July the whole world of road cycling moved to Leeds, in the north of England to welcome the 101st Edition of the Tour de France. Three weeks of pain, happiness and glory, later they reached the French capital; Paris.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ ENTHUSIASM

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ LAST LINE

It was with great enthusiasm that riders started the 21st stage, the ultimate challenge in the 2014 Edition. For the riders it was a strange feeling. The feeling of having completed something special, a challenge for some, a consecration for others, but for everyone the Tour is an unbelievable and amazing experience.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ THANKS

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ TO EVERYONE

Nothing beats finishing the race in the French capital. Paris is a highly cultural city, surrounded by outstanding monuments and architectural edifices. The Champ-Elysées is probably the most well-known avenue in the world, and for all riders it is a great sensation to roll over the cobbles of this avenue, while French aviation flies over spraying the French national colors into the sky.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ FRIENDS

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↥ FAMILY

The Tour de France time is now over and pro riders are reunited with family after spending weeks away. This moment is where you discover that sports and cycling are a complete devotion for pros and they must count on the support of their loved ones.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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In England, ahead of the Tour de France, Kristof Ramon took the opportunity to shoot each rider’s portrait in order to honor them. His goal was already pretty clear: “compare the before and after of each rider once they arrived on Champ-Elysées.

Three weeks on the Tour can be seen easily on the body and the faces of the riders. For those who unfortunately had to leave the Tour due to traumas or injuries, and to those who finished in Paris, please witness them now.

↥ SIMON CLARKE

Simon Clarke – Before

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Simon Clarke – After

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↥ SIMON GERRANS

Simon Gerrans – Before

Unfortunately Simon had to quit due to injury the Tour after the second rest day.

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↥ CHRISTIAN MEIER

Christian Meier – Before

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Christian Meier – After

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↥ MATHEW HAYMAN

Mathew Hayman – Before

Mathew had to quit the Tour after the first week.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ LUKE DURBRIDGE

Luke Durbridge – Before

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Luke Durbridge – After

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↥ SVEIN TUFT

Svein Tuft – Before

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Svein Tuft – After

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↥ SIMON YATES

Simon Yates – Before

Simon quit the Tour before the Pyrénées

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↥ JENS KEUKELEIRE

Jens Keukeleire – Before

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Jens Keukeleire – After

Photo: Kristof Ramon

↥ MICHAEL ALBASINI

Michael Albasini – Before

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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Michael Albasini – After

It is always impressive how a portrait can depict the personality of each rider. Seeing the smile and the look on their faces, you cannot help but to feel a profound level of respect for each individual participant. Congrats boys, you did it! You motivated us to dream! You showed us that everyone can achieve a personal goal! Thank you all.

Photo: Kristof Ramon

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