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Tour de France 2010 – Stage 8

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France fan who is reporting his 2nd full tour.

Andy Scheleck winning

Andy Schleck nails it, finally!!

life Around Tour de France – Stage 21…the final stage!

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France fan…

Cavendish rules Champ-Elysees, Contador bags 2nd TdF !!

Mark Cavendish Champ on Champs Elysees

Mark Cavendish Champ on Champs Elysees

As the riders left Montereau-Fault-Yonne for this the last stage of the 96th edition of the Tour de France, for most, it is the fulfillment of their desire to finish once on the Champs-Elysees in front of the world media & over 500,000 cheering fans.

Armstrong on Champs-elysees

Armstrong on Champs-elysees

Cavendish racing away from Hurshod

Cavendish racing away from Hurshod

life Around Tour de France – Stage 19

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France follower…


The biggest challenge is yet to come !!

Contador in yellow jersey smiles for us

Contador in yellow jersey smiles for us

With the announcement of his signing up with the Radio Shack team by Lance Armstrong, the battle lines are going to drawn very clearly now. Reports of displeasure within the Astana team on Contador’s move in Stage 16 is now in the open.

life Around Tour de France – Stage 18

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France follower

Anncey – the lake town !!

annecy

In the Alps, we have seen some of the best scenic routes & towns as we pass by with the Tour de France. The natural beauty of the place with lots of greenery is refreshing to the eyes. Add to that the friendly nature of the people we meet along the route, all makes for a very good combination of fun & festivity something which the Tour de France organisers want to showcase for the fans.

life Around Tour de France – Stage 17

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France follower

The Lance influence !!

lance-armstrong

As the tour starts of on the third of the Alpine stages, the race for the top contender is now becoming a show of team strength. With several teams totally out of contention, its Astana & Garmin Slipstream teams which are putting the riders right up front and keeping the rhythm & the speed going. To see the Astana team minus Leipheimer chugging away right in the front reminds one of the Discovery team & US Postal team days, when Armstrong, in order to make sure that he doesn’t get caught in any untoward incidents used to ensure that his team rode right at the front, even if they had to lead the peleton.

Life around Tour de France – Stage 16

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France follower

Mont Blanc – what a sight!!

mont-blanc

The sight of this majestic mountain top covered in snow is an unforgettable one. With this being summer here, the majority of the mountain tops at this Ski resort is just plain rock or with some greenery around it. And with Mont Blanc in the background the whole scenery looks all the more appealing.

life Around Tour de France – Stage 15

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent Tour de France follower

The air pistol salute seen once again!!

caravan

With the race set to move into the Alps, the frenzy of the tour moves from France to Switzerland. The fans traveling across to the high mountains in campers is a sight to thrill any sport lover. The energy of the mass gathered on the sides of the road waiting for over 5-6 hours just to cheer on their favourite riders shows the popularity of this sport.

Life around Tour de France – Stage 14

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and  an ardent Tour de France follower

Cold & rainy – the tour moves on!!

colmar-rains1

Today, we were certified “crazy & mad” by our friends in Colmar, for we braved a consistent drizzle for over 2 hours on the streets leading to Sundhoffen – a small village on the route to Besancon, to catch the publicity caravan & the riders as we have been doing for the last 13 days. For us it was more of a thrill to see Contador, Nocentini, Armstrong, Cavendish & the other riders, who have become a part of our life – cycling by. But for majority of the crowd at this town it was the publicity caravan that was the focus, as getting gifts being thrown from the branded vans & participating in contests is equally thrilling!!

Life around Tour de France – Stage 13

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and an ardent follower of Tour de France


venice-of-france

The city where Francois Bartholdi was born does indeed have a special place for him. For not only is a square named after him along with a statue but also the pride of place in the town’s main square main is a huge work by him of General Rapp, an Officer in Napolean’s army.

bartholdi-statue

Life around Tour de France – Stage 9

This is a guest post by Mr.Q, a professional quizmaster and a passionate traveler

A route through Lourde !!

lourdes-a-stage-9-spot

The 9th Stage in this years Tour de France started off in St.Gaudens & ended in the town of Tarbes. This is a very untypical stage in Pyrenees as with stage the visit to Pyrenees & south France ends and though there are two mountain stages in the infamous Col d’Aspin & the Col du Tourmalet, there is over 70 kms of straight downhill stretch after the climb where the peleton can catch up with any breakaway.