Belgium waterboy, Rene Van-Meenen rushes back towards his teamates.
Unfortunately, he would not finish this 1963 Tour.
From: 'Tour de France.'
Years ago, at the Tour & Giro, riders would stop at roadside cafes for a few drinks. These tireless workers would dash in and take from the shelves & refrigerator mostly anything they can fit into their back pockets. In those days, it was all glass bottles. And riders struggled with the enormous bottles sticking out of their sagging jerseys. Carrying that huge weight was insane. The smart ones would carry a bottle opener. On a hot long day, beer was a welcome item along with soda pop, fruit juice & mineral water. The cafe staff would be pleased as punch to have most of their cold drinks 'rob' from them. And rightly so...
The next day Tour officials were surprised by the very expensive bill!