Good luck just seems to be with me these days in France. My bonne chance this week was visiting a friend in Nimes who lives only a few blocks from the Stage 15 finish of the Tour de France.
Setting up the area around the finish line of the Tour de France in NImes took place literally at the end of the street where I visited.
The course leading into town was ready.
The Finish Line was ready.
News crews from around the world were readying their equipment.
The Roman Arena in the center of the action was a contrast of ancient and modern sports venues.
The crowds were gathering.
The race was over in the blink of an eye with a sensational finish.
Norway’s Alexander Kristoff finished in 4 hrs/ 56mins/ 42secs. Jack Bauer, the number one cyclists for most of the race, was rushed by a group of riders the last 50 meters. He was pushed back to finish at number 10. It was a heartbreak for Bauer who wept when it was over. He had led the pack for 221.9km of the 222km (138 mile) Stage 15 race that ended in Nimes.
Here are photos of cyclists as they approached the finish line.
There were some mighty happy Norwegians!
Wish I’d picked up this piece of memorabilia at the brocante!