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Roadside Photos from the Tour de France

Watching the Tour from a small mountain road.

On Sunday, I was stood on a mountain waiting for a bike race.

That bike race was stage 15 of the Tour de France and the route took in the little-known climb of the Pic de Nore.

This backroad cat 1 proved to be a launchpad for the climbers within the breakaway. With 40km from the summit to the finish, things looked good for Majka from where we stood with 4.9km left to climb.

Unfortunately for him, the tailwind going up turned into a crosswind on the descent and a strong chase from behind brought him back.

Watching on the road gives a unique view of the riders outside of the big groups. 

 

Most are simply suffering, having been dropped from a bigger group.

 

Unless you're Sagan, who seems to have the best poker face in the game.

 

Possibly the loudest cheer went to Sylvain Chavanel. Riding his 18th and final Tour, the Direct Energie rider has been a regular in breakaways, hoping to win the Super Combativitie award in Paris.

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.

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