|TdF last stage question||faberbz|
Jun 27, 2003 2:51 AM
|Does anybody know where exactly on the Champs Elysee the finish line for the final stage is? and where the podium presenation will be?|
Jul 5, 2003 2:46 PM
|Finish line is just to the west of the Place de la Concorde. If you want to get on the rail (as in barrier rail), you'd better get there in the AM. I've tried around 11AM and it's already too crowded and they won't let you in the area. Camera tips- only go digital if you have a SLR type digital body with little/no lag time. If you want to be able to see the riders, go with an 80-200 or 300 zoom, as fast as you can find. I usually bring 8 rolls of Fuji 800 ASA print film, 80-200mm F2.8 and put the motor drive on continuous.
My favorite spot is on the North side of the Rue de Rivoli by the 1k banner across the Jardin des Tuileries. Getting on the rail isn't too bad even if you leave until just before they make the first lap of eight (I assume it's eight as it has been for years). Metro stops (the #1 line) are Champs Elysees Clemenceau, Concorde (can be closed but they will make an announcement), Tuileries and Palais Royal Musee du Louvre. It's also worth bringin a small, foldable foot stool. If you can't get on the rail, you can gain an extra foot and get a great view.
The podium presentation is at the Place de la Concorde. Good luck is all I can say as it's generally closed off to the masses. Still looking for my corporate invites from Air Liquide or Usinor but they've apparently forgotten my name.
A couple of years ago after the last stage I had to go from Charles de Gaulle to Milano. I ended up flying with half the Lampre team who just wanted to get home, sleep and eat. You would not believe how thin these riders were after 3 weeks.
Good luck and enjoy. I'm taking Eurostar over on Saturday morning, staying on the Left Bank and going back to work on Monday morning.