|Paris for the Centenary Tour||boneman|
Jul 28, 2003 9:59 AM
|Great buzz in Paris for the end of the 100th running. After watching the ITT in a cafe it looked like it would be a procession into Paris with only those team's going for Green Glory looking to stir things up.
Sunday morning walked up the Champs Elysees which was already packed with people taking their places along the rail. Lots of people from the States and if you believed them all, half from Texas. leTour shops every half block dispensing merchandise with even locals buying some stuff.
Having enough Tour stuff from previous visits, I picked up a Francais de Jeux cycling jersey for 40 euros. My wife couldn't resist the a mussette bag with cap, key fob and t shirt. Given the late start and crawling pace, we went off to do some sightseeing, returning a little before 3pm.
It was raining all weekend until that point and then not again! Picked a spot on the Quai des Tuileries this time after spending the last couple of years on the Rue de Rivoli. It gets very tight here before they go into the tunnel under the Jarin des Tuileries so you can get very close to the riders. It's also less crowded than the Rivoli side and allows you easy access (by crossing and then recrossing the river) to the awards area which is impossible from the Rivoli side. However the photo ops are better on the Rivoli side due to the angles.
After the final sprint and the awards ceremony, they had a parade of the history of the Tour. Best part was seeing many of the past Tour Winners, the oldest being Kubler at 82. Hard to tell who got the biggest cheers and no, Lemond was not there.
I've posted some pictures in the gallery section.
|Nice pic! I'm planning on being there next year. (nm)||jtferraro|
Jul 28, 2003 10:11 AM
|Look at those STI levers!||jumphress|
Jul 28, 2003 11:46 AM
|They're positioned like MTB bar-ends.|
|great pics! What was up between Boogerd and the Saeco dude?! nm||noveread|
Jul 28, 2003 12:05 PM