100 from the 100th

To sign off 2013 we look back on the opening days of the 2013 Tour de France. Here is a collection of 100 photos of the 100th edition of Le Tour by Rob Arnold.


 

  • Practice for one of three fly-overs that happened during the 100th Tour de France. This one was over Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica, the town that hosted a wonderful Grand Départ.

  • Working on a TT machine: Richie Porte\\\'s Pinarello.

  • Hand the man a spanner...

  • Faustino Munoz, master mechanic and passionate man. Regular with any Contador team.

  • Flying the colours of Le Tour at Porto Vecchio\\\'s harbour.

  • Specialized bikes for Saxo-Tinkoff.

  • A bike for a master.

  • The Mega Smeralda: home of Le Tour for the time in Corsica...

  • The new coloured Trek bikes of RadioShack-Leopard, unveiled on 26 June.

  • A new colour for the 100th...

  • Five-time Tour champion, Bernard Hinault.

  • New team name, new colours for the Giant bikes of Belkin.

  • A two-time champion (three-time winner) at the pre-race press conference.

  • The Giants of Belkin.

  • Mr Rogers, chatting at the back of the press conference with Rob Arnold.

  • Waiting for a man... (or a team).

  • Richie Porte on 27 June 2013.

  • A kiss tattoo...?

  • Bruno Bade: one of cycling\\\'s good guys.

  • Richie, Chris and Sir Dave.

  • David, Richie and Chris.

  • Chris Froome and Sir David Brailsford.

  • In the lights...

  • Scott Mitchell: one of cycling\\\'s artists...

  • Steve, Geraint and Eddie...

  • Belkin at the dock of the bay...

  • Gesink sends a message...

  • Portal at the press conference.

  • Cunego at the presentation...

  • Marcel and John at the presentation...

  • The future leader...

  • Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb

  • Belkin and a Pioneer collaboration - it\\\'s all about power.

  • The eventual runner-up: Tour debutant, Nairo Quintana.

  • Nacer Bouhanni... at the presentation.

  • Valverde and Gutierrez. Movistars.

  • Ship them off to the presentation...

  • I pile of Pinarellos in front of the future world champion from Portugal, Rui Costa.

  • Rohan Dennis arrives for his first Tour.

  • Rohan in Porto Vecchio.

  • Lampre-Merida... yep, they were there.

  • Off to the boat...

  • Jack Bauer... the real deal at his Tour debut.

  • The world number-one, Joaquim Rodriguez.

  • Astana: not fresh off the Giro success.

  • A man and his team...

  • Ag2r hold Focus...

  • Andreas and Haimar...

  • A future leader, Jan Bakelants.

  • Adam and Jurgen.

  • Haimar and Jens.

  • No, surely... he couldn\\\'t be upset. Is Jens ever upset?

  • Andre.

  • Greg.

  • Cadel.

  • Cadel (again).

  • Philippe and Tejay.

  • Philippe and Tejay again.

  • Sitting by the... etc.

  • Legs and ink.

  • A man, some facial hair and an attitude.

  • The new British champion... Mr Cavendish.

  • Ready for a second green jersey...

  • A TT master.

  • 2012 (and 2013) green jersey winner this end, 2011 green jersey winner at the other end.

  • Alberto.

  • Mick and Alberto.

  • Mick.

  • Chris and Richie at the presentation...

  • John at the start of his last race for BMC.

  • John and Tejay.

  • Philippe and Jim.

  • Chris and Richie.

  • David Walsh, back at the Tour.

  • Cadel and Philippe.

  • Peter Sagan, centre stage.

  • Simon Gerrans, a leader.

  • A team effort.

  • A leader and a future leader... Simon, Simon and Daryl.

  • A man who likes to talk about cycling.

  • A team that\\\'s rocked the 100th Tour...

  • Rocking on the podium.

  • Robbie the bike handler...

  • The first leader. Marcel in Bastia after the incident of the bus.

  • Bakelants, the second leader.

  • Gerry and Simon.

  • Self portrait with a stage winner (that\\\'s me on the left).

  • Philippe Sudres and the Australian edition of the Official Tour Guide.

 

 

Author: rob@ride

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