Roadside Report: Roadside for the action & back stage before and after the race for the reactions - Ed Hood was everywhere in Ponferrada today as he watched the Junior Men's Road Race in the morning and then the big Women's Race in the afternoon where France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot upset the favorites with a great sprint victory.
I knew it was a good Tour when only a couple days in I'd already lost track of the days, and by the end of the week I actually couldn't remember what I'd done just three days earlier. It was my first Tour in 11 years, and this was our final day on the race - destination Briancon, via the Col du Lautaret.
Roadside Report: From the religious tourist trap of Lourdes to the history of Le Tour and on to to the backstage areas with the buses, tour tech and more - Ed Hood was everywhere today taking it all in. It might have been a rainy day in the South-West of France but it was a great day out roadside at Le Tour. Let's have a look at Ed's day through his eyes...
Roadside Rest Day: A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the OmegaPharma-Quickstep media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour's rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day.
Roadside St.11: 'Bus driver' might not be up there on most people's list of exciting jobs, but in the world of pro cycling, it’s something only a few people are qualified to do. PEZ-Pal Danny In ‘t Ven invited us inside for a tour of the Trek Factory Racing team bus.
Roadside Rest Day: A day at the Tour presents hundreds of options for Roadside adventures, and sometimes it’s tough choosing which path to follow. One story I was determined to get on my trek through the Vosges and Alps, was an interview with one of the Tour’s Podium Girls.