Caught Eddy twice. Once at the start and then about 500m from the finish line while I was making my way back into the Vélodrome.
Before-last stage of the Tour de France this year: it was a time trial in Marseille and you could get into the Vélodrome to watch the starting/finish lines. I also found a spot to see the riders exit the stadium… and I must provide a photo of Voeckler, because what’s the TdF without Voeckler?
I’m skipping the second échappée and the poursuivants and the first peloton, it’s all a bit the same in terms of photos. But here is Voeckler – has he won anything after those days in yellow all those years ago? Probably… I just can’t seem to really remember.
Did I mention there is a lot of waiting around when you go to see a TdF stage? Because there is. At least this time around there were five groups of cyclists and not just one! And there were a bunch of Frenchies in the first échappée so I think many wanted to see if any of them could hold on to the lead till the end of the stage – it was not meant to be.
Then the caravane came and, boy oh boy, we had some of the worst kids standing next to us. They seemed to never have heard about sharing, they’d be at each other’s throats all the time, and their parents weren’t even trying to control them. And obviously they completely ignored the implicit boundaries of our picnic sitting area.
But hey, after the caravane, some more waiting!