Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tour de France, Suisse

The 2016 Tour de France arrived in Switzerland with Stage 17 entirely in Suisse. The day began in Berne at 12:00 and the cyclists wound their way 184.5km up and down the Alps to Finhaut-Emosson.

We joined the route at Aigle, 61.5km from the finish and just before the big climb up Col de la Forclaz and up to the Emosson Dam.  We saw a breakaway group of riders come through first, followed by the peloton in a long, thin line framed by the curved road and green vineyards. It was a beautiful sight!

Tour de France 2016 coming through the vines in Aigle

The support vehicles and media bikes

We watched the caravan come past an hour before the riders and the sense of anticipation was incredible! There were crazy vans decorated with all sorts of carnival regalia, with music blasting out and goodies being thrown to the waiting fans.

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