Jul 27, 2015

I thought I was too far back, Champs Champs & the lighter side


The Gorilla... by half a bike length.








The final stage down the 'Champs' was anything but usual for Le Tour. To start, hours before, a car crashed into the barricades and fired upon by the cops before it managed to drive away. News today is that the driver have tuned himself in to police and the second occupant is in hospital. Rain soaked conditions especially on the cobbles of the Champs Elysees led officials to neutralize the final 10 laps. The final times were taken at the crossing of the finish line at km 41. And, finally, 2.2km to go a misfit protester stood in the middle of the road, amazing no one was injured. And like a sign from the heavens, the sun shone on the final gallop for the Gorilla, with a remarkable turn of speed holding off Bryan Coquard by half a bike length for his fourth stage win...






'The moment of my career. I thought I was too far back.'

- Andre Greipel







The protester

































Earlier...

Anna van der Breggen wins la course female cycling race
photo Peter de Jong






Our Canadians: Ryder Hesjedal 40th, Svein Tuft 159th ('losing' the Laterne rouge to Sebastien Chavanel).






I'm going to miss watching Le Tour, if not for the intense racing but for the quirky side of it all...




What it takes for the Gorilla to win.






Laurens Ten Dam has a last shave before Paris.




Adam Hansen is always welcome to Dutch corner.










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