Tour de France

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 july, Tour de France was in Gérardmer.

Tour de France, is not only a cycling race, there is a special atmosphere, especially when the publicity caravan is coming, with its sponsors colorful vehicules, distributing lot and lot of merchandising products.

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Unfortunately, the arrival was very rainy. But Gérardmer was the first stage won by a french rider, Blel Kadri.

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Europcar team was in the neighboring hotel near my parents house, we can see Thomas Voekler, a famous french rider, and Yukiya Arashiro, the only Japanese in the race.

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

The next day, the race start is also in Gérardmer, and the finish is in Mulhouse.
There are a few gift from the publicity caravan on start…

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Official race start is in the city, but the stage begins a few kilometers away, riders can warm up, and spectators can see them and can shot some photos 😉

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

Tour de France Gérardmer 2014

For the story, German rider Tony Martin won the stage and French rider Tony Gallopin got the Yellow Jersey, only for one day.

Summary in pictures is just below !