For the first mountain stage of the Tour de France, Saturday July 3, the crowd was numerousin the most complicated passes to climb. To reach the summits, spectators climb on foot and in the pouring rain to find their location. Attending the Tour de France has to be earned: a young woman in a rain cape explains that she has driven four hours. “Let it rain, let it sell, let it snow, I am at the Tour de France every year”, she smiles.
Some get comfortable and have a fire before the riders arrive. “We arrived, there was a little rain, we got under the rock, we cooked a small rib of beef”, launches a spectator. At an altitude of over 1,600 kilometers, at the top of the Col de la Colombière, the atmosphere was festive. The mist dissipates at the arrival champions. Until Sunday evening, the Tour will be in the Alps, and the curious and enthusiasts should continue to hurry to attend one of the races. cyclists most popular in the world.