2015 La Course by Le Tour Photo Gallery

2015 La Course by Le Tour Photo Gallery


This wasn’t my first encounter with the Tour de France, I’ve been to a couple of stages. For one reason or another, I’ve never been to the finish on the Champs-Élysées. I remember, it I was pretty close to come to Paris back in 2005, at the height of the Lance Armstrong era. At the time, I was still a clueless fanboy and I really, really wanted to go to Paris to see him win his last Tour de France. I don’t remember the specifics, but I do remember that my girlfriend at the time used some quite weird, emotional blackmailing and I ended up not going after a lot of drama. I guess she saved me from ending up owning lots of now-embarrassing LA paraphernalia, though I would never have gone as far as these people did.

Long story short, I was in Paris yesterday, to cover the second La Course by Le Tour women’s cycling race. It’s interesting that while everybody in the sport are pretty unhappy about almost all aspects of the race, which is essentially a city criterium race, with limited prize money, etc. But it is one of the very few races in the calendar that are broadcasted live and widely availably and it’s on the Champs-Élysées! So while everybody has problems with it, somehow the minor shortcomings take the backseat when the riders, helpers and journalist arrive and take in the majesty of the it. It’s like a super sportscar with a 1.2 Vauxhall Corsa engine in it. It would be so amazing, if…

I like bad weather. Bad weather makes life harder for everybody, especially for the riders, but it makes racing so much more spectacular. However, I would have swapped any of my shots for a crash-free race. It was hard to see all those crashes but it was inspiring to see how tough they are and carried on riding, regardless of wounds, cuts and bruises. And it was fascinating again to see the peloton, hurtling down at high speeds on the wet cobblestones lap after lap, fighting for positions, looking after leaders, chasing down breakaways.

I was on a motorbike and while it felt a bit like an overkill, it made moving around an awful lot easier, so all in all it was a good decision. I just hope, Sandra, my driver’s partner didn’t get cold in the rain, while we were driving up and down on the other side of the barriers.

Next up is the next World Cup race in Germany, the Sparkassen Giro. It will be another circuit race, though the laps will be longer. Stay tuned for more on Sunday!

Stef Wyman holds the team briefing for the Matrix  Pro Cycling Team

Carlee Taylor before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Carlee Taylor is planning a surprise for Loren Rowney.

Carlee Taylor before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Rochelle Gilmore talks to Wiggle Honda’s in-house videographer.

Ellen van Dijk before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Specialized, the races sponsor lined up a McLaren super sports car and riders of the Boels-Dolmans team were allowed to try out, what it is like to sit in one of the fastest car on earth.

Team Velocio SRAM before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The Velocio-SRAM riders stop for a quick selfie before the start.

Maura Kinsella before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Kirsten Wild supporters before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Kirsten Wild supporters really wanted to go WILD

Lizzie Williams before the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Police outriders during the the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

It was a nice touch that the police outriders before the peloton consisted of three female police officers.

Anette Edmondson during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The peloton during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The tunnel, where the cameras never go down.

Megan Guarnier during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Megan Guarnier digs deep early in the race.

Canadian fans during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Emma Johansson slows down after a puncture during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Emma Johansson was one of the many who suffered from punctures.

The 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Ariane Horbach during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Ariane Horbach, the victim of one of the countless crashes during the race.

Fans during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Lisa Brennauer during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Lisa Brennauer sits on Megan Guarnier’s wheel on the uphill section of the loop.

Lizzie Armitstead during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The confidence with which riders ride that tiny sliver of smooth at high speeds have always amazed me.

Tiffany Cromwell and Lotta Lepistö during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Tiffany Cromwell, chased by Lotta Lepistö

Gracie Elvin during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The sharp end of an attack

the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Another crash…

Emilia Fählin during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

… and one of its survivors, Emilia Fählin

High-speed corner during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Gracie Elvin during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The peloton during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

The compulsory shot with the Arc de Triomphe

Anette Edmondson during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Anette Edmondson leads the charge with one to go.

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Anna van der Breggen wins the 2015 edition of the La Course

Sarah Mustonen after the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Lizzie Armitstead after the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

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Jolien D'Hoore after the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Colombian fans during the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Renaat Schotte after the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Anna van der Breggen after the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

Anna van der Breggen looks like me when I lose my contact lenses in the bathroom.

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The podium of the 2015 edition of the La Course by Le Tour women's road cycling race.

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  1. 4
    chris

    Say what you like about the format, it’s the CHAMPS ELYSEES!!! I just wish the biggest bike race in the world could provide more for the Ladies. I agree on the crashes, hard to watch but great to see the ladies racing as hard as the men. Thanks for bring us such bright and vibrant images despite the weather.

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      Balint Hamvas

      It might not have come through the way I wanted it, it was a great race, it’s just a shame it’s not bigger, better, longer, etc.

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