Never has watching a sport for so little time taken so long – such is a day, and it takes a whole day, watching a stage of Le Tour. Nevertheless, it’s great fun and a real insight into French culture.
In total the tour is said to consist of about 5,000 people, a huge infrastructure exists not just to support the riders but also just running the show and bringing it to the viewing public.
All images taken at the rider presentation in La Roche-sur-Yon on 5th July – all taken handheld with the PL 100-400mm mainly at 400mm (800mm FF equivalent) wide open, iso 640-800 and shutter speeds from 1/160-1/400.
direct énergie are a French team based in the grand depart host region of the Vendee – for the 2018 tour the team is to be lead by Frenchman Lilian Calmejane.
The capital of Kazakhstan lends it’s name to this pro cycling team that has something of a chequered history – today it is lead by Dane Jakob Fugslang.
Team Katusha Alpecin are a Russian Swiss based team lead by Russian Ilnur Zakarin although perhaps the star of the team is the German sprinter Marcel Kittel.
The only Dutch team in Le Tour, Lotto NL – Jumbo represent the Dutch national lottery and are lead by Dutchman Robert Gesink.
Team Sky’s leader Chris Froome faces a tough test this year to retain his title, if he does so it will be his fifth consecutive win placing him amongst the sport’s absolute elite.