Côte de Seraing (Avenue du Centenaire)
|The crowd wait in anticipation as TD crest the |
Cote de Seraing
|Is that TD or Cancellara climbing the Huy?|
|TD blend in with Le Tour's Caravan in an |
attempt to sneak to the finish line
|4.7% average - Dressed in yellow & Sky in |
front of 5000 fans = feels like 25% !
Anyway - as we both made it to the summit we were casually greeted by one of the local Gendarme who rather than arrest us, simply opened the barrier 1km from the yellow clad finish line and waved us through! A swift cool beer and in no time the real Cancellara n 'all came speeding through - how good is that!
Whilst the Team Dave Le Tour experience has been described back to front, the first day was equally as good. With VIP pit passes courtesy of Doc Hayne's brother (Head of PR at Sky), TD spent most of the day with the Sky team itself literally inches from Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish n' all! Plus to top it, full access to the VIP hospitality offering the finest in French catering. With clear blue skies and temperatures in the 30s the TD boys were thinking they were actually starring in a Carlsberg advert...(if Carlsberg did cycling tours..etc). This was getting too good to be true.
I will leave you with some pics of the weekend......all in all a PERFECT trip and one to be remembered forever.
|The real Brad at close quarters - courtesy of Sky VIP pass!|
|Haynes and Long prior to conquering|
the Wall of Huy!
|French hospitality at it best!|
|Doc crests The Mur de Huy|
|Le Start of Le Tour - Unbelievable crowd passion|