TOUR DE FORCE

Back from another week away, this time to France where I managed to take some photographs of one stage of the 100th Tour de France, a 33km time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel.  The locals had set up their picnic tables and chairs alongside the road through the village of Ducey and enjoyed a leisurely lunch while the riders hurtled past at an average speed of over 54km/hour.  The loudest cheers were saved for the French competitors but I'm sure that each of them, including the Belgian rider Bart de Clercq shown here, took encouragement from the thousands of spectators who lined the route.