Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tour de France @ Edegem ...

... stage 1 on 4 July: Rotterdam to Brussels (Belgium)
223.5 km - Flat stage ...

... preparing for the Tour ...

... under the cool linden trees of the Prins Boudewijnlaan ...

... chalk message on the road to encourage
cyclist Serge Pauwels - Team Sky ...

... the French gendarmerie opening the publicity caravan ...

... Étap hôtel publicity ...
... The publicity caravan, created in 1930,
celebrates its 80 years old on the Tour de France.
This parade has won over brands and the public,
even becoming an essential part of the race.

source: letour.fr

... young and old alike at the roadside marvel
at the inventiveness of the floats and vehicles …
source: letour.fr

... PMU publicity ...
... Eighty years later, the publicity caravan has become
an integral part of the event that is the Tour de France ...

source: letour.fr

... Kléber publicity ...
... the publicity caravan goes hand in hand with the race
that it precedes, with the multi-shaped and multi-
coloured procession lasting more than 45 minutes ...

source: letour.fr

... Goodyear publicity in the air ...

... waiting in comfy chairs ...

... Vittel publicity ...
... to ensure the spectators keep their cool, the Vittel
vehicle pressure wash their rapidly retreating public. ...

... watching the Tour crossing the Belgo-Dutch border ...

... view on spectators and the linden trees on
the Prins Boudewijnlaan /Prince Baudouin Avenue
- direction Antwerp ...

... and direction Brussels ...

... the official Tour car ...

... 38 - Serge Pauwels ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Wiggins’ Sky teammate Serge Pauwels was given
a little leash to ride ahead of the peloton through
his hometown area of Edegem,45km from the finish.
Very cool tradition in the Tour ...

source: STLBiking.com

... people stand besides the track cheering ...

... 108 - Jurgen Roelandts / 157 - Matthieu Sprick
56 - Martijn Maaskant / 43 - Kristjan Koren
203 - Mauro Da Dalto / 156 - Pierre Roland ...

... 49 - Brian Vandborg / 17 - Chris Anker Sörensen
27 - Sergio Paulinho / 182 - Inaki Isasi
189 - Gorka Verdugo / 113 - Bert Grabsch
91 - Carlos Sastre / 178 - Damien Monier
21 - Lance Armstrong
...

... voiture-balai: car which follows a cycle race
to pick up competitors who drop out ...
... faire la voiture-balai (figuré):
to go round picking up the stragglers ...
source: larousse.com

... the show is over ...

... 4 july 2010 - stage 1
Stage winner: 05:09:38 PETACCHI Alessandro
Race leader; 05:19:38 CANCELLARA Fabian ...

2010 Tour de France ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... was the 97th Tour de France.
It started with an 8.9 km prologue in Rotterdam on
3 July,
the first start in the Netherlands since 1996,
and ended on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 25 July.
It was won by Spain's Alberto Contador,
39 seconds ahead of Luxembourg's Andy Schleck ...

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