“The Tour de France is July 14th every day”, festive atmosphere at the Col du Galibier before the passage of the Grande Boucle

“The Tour de France is July 14th every day”, festive atmosphere at the Col du Galibier before the passage of the Grande Boucle
“The Tour de France is July 14th every day”, festive atmosphere at the Col du Galibier before the passage of the Grande Boucle

After three days in Italy, the Tour de France returns to France this Tuesday via the legendary Col du Galibier, at an altitude of 2,642 metres.

“Au Galibier, that We’ve been here at least three times, we’re never disappointed, it’s a real pleasure.” The first riders from Italy are expected early this afternoon, but Florence came early this Tuesday, July 2, to have a front row seat to follow this legendary mountain stage of the Tour de France.

From his chair, in front of his camper van parked on the side of the road, Albert encourages the amateur cyclists who are ahead of the pros. “We come to see the stars, that’s obvious, but I have admiration for these people who actively participate in the Tour de France, it’s very beautiful.” He adds : “It’s a great example, because we find ladies, men, old people, young people, there are all generations who are gathered, cycling is a sport that is open to everyone…. Allez, courage!”.

From Briançon to the top of the Galibier pass, flags bloom on the side of the road, French, Italian, Swiss… or even Breton. The Tour’s die-hard fans are raising the atmosphere. Obelix is ​​there with his friend Panoramix… in the absence of a magic potion, the riders can count on their encouragement. “The Tour de France is July 14th every day, it’s a phenomenal atmosphere,” Gael the Gaul enthuses.

The 174 Tour riders set off from Italy at 1:15 p.m. Today’s stage promises to be explosive, with three climbs: Sestriere (2,035 m), the Col de Montgenèvre (1,860 m) and the still-snow-covered Galibier at 2,640 meters.

The road to the summit was not reopened to traffic until June 26. Local authorities have had to carry out regular blasting operations to secure the route and prevent walls of snow from falling onto the road.

The peloton spends only one day in the high mountains, returning to the Southern Alps for the last three stages in preparation for the final finish in Nice on July 21.

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