Ohhhh the Champs Elysées

J’adore Paris et le Tour. What a great afternoon! At 1.30pm, Tom and I met my ex-school friend, Pippin, and his girlfriend near the Champs Elysées and headed down to find a spot to watch the riders come in on the last leg of the Tour de France. I was expecting madness but all I found was “slightly busier than normal”. As a result, we managed to plant ourselves at the end of the VIP tents, right near the finishing line, but standing in mud piles with the rest of the average folk. No tiered seating for us.

Tour de France

Not a bad view apart from the annoying police folk who decided to stand in the way

We had to wait for a while. The riders didn’t hit the Champs Elysées until after 4pm so in the mean time we watched a parade of trucks and vans covered in sponsors’ logos and with tight-tshirted girls dancing and waving to the crowd. Now that’s entertainment. I must say the truck advertising laundry detergent with two six-packed men who were only wearing their red underwear was probably my favourite.

Baguette mobile

A baguette a day makes you ride like Cadel

The crowd was full of non-french people who had clearly come from far and wide to be there. It was a nice group of people and I only saw two drunken idiots, both of whom were escorted away by some of the many police officers standing around. When the riders finally arrived the crowd cheered and applauded and it was a vibrant and happy atmosphere. There was a very strong Australian support group who were surprisingly well behaved and oh-so-proud of Cadel.

Tour de France

Spot Cadel on the left of this photo, next to the policeman's cap

I have wanted to be on the Champs Elysées for the end of the Tour for many years now and it was such a great experience to have been part of. We chose a great place to stand as at the end of the race the award stage was pulled out and positioned within our view and we could watch Cadel being announced as the winner.

Tour de France podium

Cadel is the winner!

Sadly I didn’t get to see Jens Voigt but I felt good knowing he was within a few hundred metres of me. He’s so cool.

For photos and videos of my time at the Tour de France, and to hear Tina Arena sing the National Anthem (yes… that was depressing), head to my Flickr site.

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6 Responses to “Ohhhh the Champs Elysées”

  1. Heather says:

    I thought she did a great job – I had a tear in my eye! So proud for Cadel! Amazing to think you were there – this is so huge. On a sad note, Eagles beat Freo by 1 point in the Derby.

  2. Heather says:

    I thought she did a great job – I had a tear in my eye! So proud for Cadel! Amazing to think you were there – this is so huge. On a sad note, Eagles beat Freo by 1 point in the Derby.

  3. Bean says:

    She did do a good job. Particularly considering there was no backing music to hide behind. Tough gig!

  4. jean jacques says:

    jess ta etait voir le tour de france toutes t est photo sont tres belle

  5. Deanna says:

    Tina did a great job – I had a tear in my eye too Heather!!! At the emotion on the Champs and at my beloved Dockers’ demise – lol

  6. Jess says:

    Ok ok fine! Tina was awesome. I guess it was a tough gig seeing as she would have been the only person around who knows the words to the Australian national anthem.

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