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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

London photo: Tour de France


I waited for two hours this afternoon — sometimes in the rain — near Waterloo Bridge and this was what it looked like when the cyclists finally zipped by.

Also: Who knew the Tour de France wasn’t confined to, you know, France?

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  • Kathy_A

    I love watching TDF on the tv, but I always figured it would look just like this in real life!!
    At least you weren’t trying to take a selfie of you with the riders in the background, like so many people were trying to do all three days in England. The riders were getting reallllly pissed off at everyone standing in the road with the cameras/phones, and many people either had the cameras/phones knocked out of their hands by the passing riders slapping them away, or ended up on their backsides when they were clipped by the riders zooming past at 30 mph.

  • Good. There’s no excuse for interfering with the race.

  • Kathy_A

    When I was watching last night, Christian Vande Velde, a commentator on NBC Sports and a racer from Chicago who recently retired, was talking about the race getting into London. I laughed when, instead of saying “Buckingham Palace,” he said “Buckingham Fountain.” Only a Chicagoan would do that!!

  • Martin

    Yeah, I wasn’t sure if this was something that’s happened in previous tours, but I found it to be a deep embarrassment that tarnished the good work done by so many.

  • Rebecca Dalmas

    They are coming here! Or close enough, Mulhouse. I wanna bring my kids. It can be an eye-opening experience so see in-real-life what you usually just see on screen.

  • RogerBW

    It’s been going outside France since tour #4 in 1906. :-) At least these days the riders aren’t beaten up by each other’s supporters.

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