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Day 12 - Who is the devil?? The Tour de France spectators

One of the most iconic images of the Tour de France is the hoards of super fans cheering and running alongside riders as they climbs the mountain roads. The crowds seem to make a wall, which only just parts in time for the riders to make it through. The concentration and patience the riders need to stay calm and not panic amongst the flags and over enthusiastic fans dressed in fancy dress is impressive! Unfortunately the crowds do tend to be the most dangerous part of the Tour de France and we can always remember the time when Lance Armstrong crashed down onto the road having clipped a spectator’s souvenir bag https://youtu.be/sRxGNttpaZA But for the most part, the crowds are...

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DAY 11 - The mighty Col du Tourmalet

Today is one of the must watch stages of the Tour de France.  Starting from Pau the riders will take on the Col d’Aspin and then the mighty Col du Tourmalet, the highest paved mountain in the Pyrenees,  travelling a total of 188 km to an uphill finish at Cauterets. This is the first of the big mountain stages this year and given Chris Froome’s lead over the other contenders it is quite possible that we will see attacks starting on the Col D’Aspin with one or two riders hoping to make up some time on the Col Du Tourmalet. Both of these climbs featured for the first time in the 1910 tour when in that year France’s Gustave Garrigou...

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