RIDE at the Tour: Day Six
We reached Paris on the morning of the final stage. There wouldn’t be any riding officially but there was always the Vélib option…
The Champs-Elysées was buzzing with a typically large crowd. A great number of people were showing signs of ‘Lance Fever’.
Getting a clear view of the finish proved difficult, even in the media section. The big screen across the road was the best source of information on the break’s progress.
Team Columbia-HTC took the win comfortably and Mark Renshaw crossed the line in second position even though he was celebrating well before then. Here he speaks to an Australian television crew.
After the podium presentations the riders began their parade around the circuit. The overall winner sped down the Champs, entourage in tow, to join the rest of Astana.
Team Columbia-HTC dominated the sprints with a record number of wins for Cavendish.
For the Tour de France riders it was time to celebrate. For RIDE it was time to head back to the hotel and get stuck into the website.
We would like to thank Ronan Pensec Travel for having us on the 2009 Tour de France visit and Velo Vita/TMO Sports for organising a lovely pair of Time VRS Vibraser bikes for the trip. For the full story on the 2009 Tour de France and a review of the Time VRS Vibraser check out the October edition of RIDE Cycling Review.