lovelondonscenes – 63 – Le Tour a Londres

I popped down to Westminster this afternoon to catch the Tour. It was due at 3.40, arrived well past 4. And being July in England, a light rain fell on us for much of the time, as we waited. But it was good to be there.

Here are a few photos. As the peleton arrived it was just a question of pressing the photo button again and again and seeing what turned up. The cyclists absolutely flashed by. No way you could say, there’s Sagan, or Froome, or Contador. Half of the photos were the back of people’s heads. So there’s a lot of cropping here, which has slightly altered the focus. Still, you get the impression…

While we waited.





The race.







After work, I walked up to Green Park to catch the tube home. I wanted to see the Fan Park. It looked like it might have been fun in the afternoon. I liked this shot on the Mall though. Norbert Dentressangle is clearly a big man for the Tour as it moves from stage to stage. Here with the Union flag.

France and Britain – we love each other really!






About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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6 Responses to lovelondonscenes – 63 – Le Tour a Londres

  1. DyingNote says:

    Strangely I haven’t got around to seeing le Tour live on TV this year thus far. I guess I’m off the boil because I don’t trust these guys any longer.

  2. Dood says:

    John, I can’t believe I didn’t see you – I was there too? I was well-positioned outside the Ministry of Defence (I think), and was amused by the fact that the wheels of government clearly ground to a complete halt between 3 and 4.15. (You’re right – they were running quite a lot later than scheduled.)

    I had my camera, but opted to take it all in through the naked eye. There was a great moment when the first, major wave of riders tore by in six seconds – and the entire crowd around me roared with laughter simultaneously at the hilarious brevity of the experience.

    I see DyingNote’s point, but I take the view that the vast bulk of the Tour is now clean. There will, alas, always be a few bad apples in there, but for me that doesn’t detract from the joy of the event.

    And John – we’re going to see it in France one year, yes? That would be fun.

  3. Oh wow I managed to miss it, Great pics!

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