9 bikes
Are they not amused by my American flag? I stuck the pole down my back to have my hands free for photographing.

Believe it or not, the Tour de France is not about wacky corporate floats traveling around France and doling out trinkets. It’s about cycling! Though if you blink, you’ll miss it.

1 rounding the rond point
Do you see the thick cluster of helmets between the arrows of the road signs? En masse.
3 leigh howard and arthur vichot
Leigh Howard, left, and Arthur Vichot are in the lead.
4 nearing
The others stream soon around both sides of the roundabout.

5 more

6 entering7 bikes

8 close

10 bikes
It doesn’t really thin out. There’s a swoosh of bikes, then they’re gone.
11 last
Only one straggler. Hang in there, buddy!

Voilà! In under five minutes, the gendarmes leading, the riders and the last equipment cars had zipped by.

Big doings in the village last night. And then France’s second-biggest fireworks at la Cité tonight. Stay tuned!

18 thoughts on “Guys on bikes

    1. I wasn’t sure I would make it with a flag and camera, but I stuck the flagpole down the back of my shirt. Probably looked like an idiot, but that’s nothing new.


  1. Nice pics. I remember going a few years ago to the last leg in Paris when they go around the Jardin des Tuileries 10 times and that the first time they went by we completely missed them. They went way too fast. We did have a few more chances to catch them though and it was fun.


  2. Best photos I’ve ever seen…fascinating. A few years ago we drove up Mont Ventoux…I can’t fathom all those legs pumping up that mountain.



  3. Earlier in the week, I was in a place with a big sports TV playing, and the aerial views were amazing. The péleton looked like a multicolored millipede swarming along the roads.
    Those are terrific, up-close pictures. I wonder if the two leaders were chatting to each other — looks like, in your shot.

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