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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 Tour de France finish line in Nimes on Sunday morning

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. 

Preparing for the Tour de France in Nimes

Preparing for the Tour de France in Nimes

 

 

The course leading into town was ready.

Tour de France Nimes

 

The Finish Line was ready.

Tour de France Nimes

 

 

News crews from around the world were readying their equipment.

Tour de France Nimes

Sports newscaster from Australia

Sports newscaster from Australia

 

Boutique with Tour de France branded merchandise

Boutique with Tour de France branded merchandise

 

The Roman Arena in the center of the action was a contrast of ancient and modern sports venues.

 

Tour de France Nimes

 

The crowds were gathering.

Tour de France Nimes

 

Tour de France Nimes

The race was over in the blink of an eye with a sensational finish.

Tour de France Nimes

 

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!

 

Tour de France Nimes

 

 

Wish I’d picked up this piece of memorabilia at the brocante! 

Tour de France toy cyclists from Uzes Brocante

Tour de France toy cyclists from Uzes Brocante

 

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8 replies »

  1. When good lunch continues to fall your way, you are in the right place!
    Have you been to the night markets in Nimes and Sommieres? I was just reading about them…sounds fun

    • There’s a market and big activities in Nimes on Thursday nights that I’m planning to see. I’ll check on Sommieres. Thanks for the hints!

    • It was even more fun than I expected. Nimes was a perfect spot, too. Just glad the rain passed before the finish.

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