After a great breakfast one of Rabobank’s former pro road racers (Adrie van der Poel) explained the ins and outs of the 2007 Tour de France. He didn’t really go into detail why their number one racer in the yellow jersey got sent home, but the power point presentation gave a better look on the Tour de France for sure. 3500 kilometers on the bike in three weeks is pretty rough. With, or without dope.
The metro took us to the Champs d’Élysées and after a few security checks we were directed to our spot for the day; a VIP tent. Needless to say, it’s pretty unique to be in this situation and we decided to take full advantage of it. We were welcomed by champagne and that’s basically all we drank all day. VIP, remember? The lunch was great and soon after the promotion campaign arrived. It was a big circus that lasted for an hour or so. More champagne? Sure!
In the last stage of the tour the peloton does 5 laps in Paris on the Champs d’Élysées. We happened to stand 50 meters from the finish line and could watch the lycra boys from up close without pushing to get a good view. After riding more than 3000 kilometers they managed to get a speed up to 60 kilometers an hour on the last part. Pretty damn fast. I’m not super into road cycling but I have to say that this was a great experience.
Thanks to Wendy and the Rabobank for making it happen.