Lourdes is just so beautiful and there are fewer more spiritual places in France to watch the Tour roll by than this historic town. I had hoped to get some shots of the peleton going past the Notre Dame basilica but the TDF route took the cyclists through the town centre about half a mile away.
Rue Saint-Pierre in the centre of Lourdes. There was quite a crowd in Lourdes to see the Tour and I spotted a few nuns, priests and monks in amongst the spectators.
The Irish were out in force. There was also a few Irish flags as well as Canadian and Norwegian ones. No doubt the support helped Dan Martin who went on to finish 2nd on the stage, win the combativity prize and have the fastest ascent times on both the Col d’Aspin and Cauterets.
Breakaway of 4 riders. German champion, Emmanuel Buchmann, who went on to finish third, leading a 4 man breakaway about a minute ahead of the peloton.
The peloton was going flat out. The peloton was being led by Garmin-Cannondale and as soon as I seen them, I knew either Martin or Talansky would attack on this stage as they didn’t want the breakaway to get too big a lead.
Froome and Quintana near the front of the peloton. Behind Garmin came Sky, with their yellow hats as leading team, followed by Movistar. Froome looks unbeatable so far and has dominated this Tour a bit like Eddie Merckx in his prime but Don Nairo wont be far behind him and may yet have a big say before the finish in Paris.