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Le Tour de France 2012 – Second Rest Day

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I hate to start with our Formule 1, again – but to emphasis the true glamour of being on le Tour, we’re sharing lodgings with the race’s cherry picker truck.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
Waking up in the F1 is a bit like Groundhog Day, but it’s clean and cheap, so we don’t mind. Photo©Ed Hood

I had to get up early to do a phone interview with Cameron Wurf, this morning.

He’s from Tassie; like the Sulzbergers and Richie Porte – did I ever tell you I had a Tasmanian Devil for a fiancée?

No, some other time then?

He’s with Champion Systems, this year and just pulled off a cracking result – second in the Tour of the Qinghai Lakes.

Martin had a wee bit of a long lay – well earned after all those kilometres around la Belle France and photo editing.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
Martin goes through the hundreds of photos we take in a day. Photo©Ed Hood
Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
Ed relaxes with l’Equipe, a kir and a coffee au lait. Photo©Martin Williamson

I’m writing this as we sip a kir in the shadow of Pau cathedral – all those hours staring at a laptop screen in an F1 room can lead to cabin fever; you get to needing a bit of light and air.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
The cathedral spires in the distance. Photo©Ed Hood

Already a couple of teams have ambled past, out for their rest day leg loosener on a day of glorious sunshine.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
The FDJ guys potter past in their granny gears. Interesting Hutarovich is still with them, race number on his bike. Photo©Martin Williamson
Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
The King of Vanilla slices. It’s got honey too. Photo©Martin Williamson

L’Équipe carries a huge picture of Fedrigo on the front cover; Vande Velde looks resigned to his fate.

Inside, there’s a readers’ poll – will Bradley Wiggins retain his yellow jersey in the Pyrenean Cols?

We’ll see what French opinion is, tomorrow.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Second Rest Day
The lead photo shows Fedrigo’s joy and Vande Velde’s resignation. Photo©Ed Hood

Our next stop is the Vacansoleil Moules Pa