We woke up Wednesday ready for the stage. I made eggs and toast for the two of us, then went down to the office of Tourism to use their Internet and send a few messages, check Facebook and post a blog post or two. Then we went on a little walkabout to see how the town had been transformed overnight.
First, we saw that they had put up the flamme rouge:
The flamme rouge on Allee d'Etigny in Luchon
The finish line in Luchon
A great camera angle for the finish line!
They apparently sit in the bumped out part up top!
One thing that is interesting about watching the Tour in France is that it is covered by two stations: France 2 and France 3. We were happily watching France 2 when the telecast just stopped and went to back to back commercials. We were puzzled until we thought to tune to France 3 where sure enough the Tour was playing!
We watched the two HC climbs on TV then headed out to the street. We found a great location where we could watch the race from the front row (unlike in Pau where we were way behind the barricade and loads of people). In addition, the place was very close to a television in the Aussie bar nearby that we used to monitor progress. When things got really exciting, either Nathan or I would run to the TV to see what was happening since the French announcer of the PA system wasn't helping us.
We say yet another appearance of the publicity caravan and got some more swag, including the ever elusive PMU green hands:
The Kleber driving tire
A giant chicken advertising something!
Nathan with his prized PMU green hands
I did get some pictures of the stragglers coming in, and here they are:
That's Cav in the very back...
After the race, we hung around the apartment a bit, then grabbed a sandwich on the main street for dinner. Following dinner, we went back to the apartment and I absolutely killed Nathan in Mille Bournes. (FYI: he did the same to me the night before...)
We did a bit of reading and then were off to bed in order to be up and fresh for the start of stage 17.