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Le Tour de la Provence

The first edition of the international Tour de la Provence ended in Marseille. I couldn’t just keep on translating and pretend that nothing was going on in my own city. So I left my computer and headed to the beautiful Vieux Port.

In this 3-stage race the peloton went through beautiful sceneries; Aubagne-Cassis, Miramar-Istres, and La Ciotat-Marseille. I like to see that the French Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energy) is the winner of this first edition.

For details about the race (in French), click on the image.

My experience

This was t\he first time I attended an international cycling competition. When I arrived, 50 minutes before the estimated time of arrival, there were already many people waiting at finish line, which was surprising given the fact that it was a Thursday afternoon and that they should have been working. I strolled along the sponsor village, where you could also find many stands with local product such as honey, wine, and of course soap ‒ an awesome idea if you ask me.

I made sure to have a fairly good spot but it was no easy task.

The press was definitely lucky...

And this is my best shot before my camera decided to die. At least you can see the first cyclists arriving (yes, you have to look close) and at least I could use my phone to take more pictures, but the peloton went by so fast! Sorry, this is my best shot...

I don’t know if it’s something usual in cycling competitions ‒ I guess so though ‒ but it seems like almost every team was giving away the left over water bottles. The crowd was sneaking between the team buses to get as many bottles as possible.

Thank you Team Katusha! It’s the perfect souvenir for my first cycling competition (as a spectator)!

Have you ever attended a cycling event? Did you get water bottles too? Let me know in the comment section below.