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Jean-Marie Bideau (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) leads Jan Barta (NetApp-Endura) up the final few yards of Hawkins Hill near Finchingfield on Day 3 of the Tour de France.

Photo of the down-tube transfer on the same frame. This decal appears to be an actual transfer and not just a self-adhesive sticker.

 

The paintwork on the frame had been a metallic mid-green, but the years have taken their toll but although the paint has faded, it is largely intact

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A new Yorkshire word meaning 'A load of fit blokes'...as in "Eh up Gladys, there's a reet peloton over theer....'appen they'll buy us a milk stout"

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sous le soleil francais

After an early start and a 12km trek up the mountain, we set up for the day just above the Col du Lautaret, 7km or so from the summit of the Galibier, the final climb of stage 18 of the Tour de France. 7 hours of waiting (with this rather decent view, nonetheless!) until the riders began to arrive. It ended up being one of the finest stages of all time, with Andy Schleck making a massive attack and holding onto the lead until the end, Cadel Evans (the eventual winner of the TdF) leading the chasing group to take 2 minutes off Andy's advantage.

 

The impressive trail of caravans stretched all the way down into the valley (you can just make them out in the distance; the faint white line on the far left of the photo) as well as quite a way up the mountain behind us. The team buses can also be spotted across the centre portion of road.

 

The road continues up directly behind where I was stood when I took the shot, so we had a great view of the passing riders (see: 'TdF 2011 - Stage 18' set)

Number 51 is Peter Sagan from Slovakia, the 2013 Tour de France holder of the Green jersey.

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