A big part of the Tour de France's energy and atmosphere comes from the guys and girls that work in the massive publicity caravan. Earlier this year PEZ went backstage to check out what their job entails and we even managed to catch up with 5 time tour winner, Bernard Hinault.
For the 100th Tour de France we sent our experienced photgrapher but Tour virgin, Dave Lipnowski to France to capture all the action and atmosphere that can only be seen roadside. Dave swam beautifully through the craziness of the world's biggest bike race and now that he's finally made it back to his home in Canada it's time for his lookback at his first Tour.
Roadside St.12: As the Tour passes the half-way point, the PEZ Crew passes the Roadside Reporting baton from Dave to Ed & Martin. For Dave’s final day of his first Tour, he’s sent another batch of exquisite images of France, the fans, and their national Tour, from Tours.
Roadside St. 11 Part 2: It's a special and rare day when we're treated to not one but two Roadside Reports. While Ed & Martin were clipped in at the bar, Dave was on the ground at Mont-Saint-Michel and in the Team Europcar van chasing Canadian David Veillieux.
Roadside St.10: A big part of the Tour's energy and atmosphere comes from the guys and girls that work in the massive publicity caravan. Today PEZ went backstage to check out what their job entails and we even managed to catch up with 5 time tour winner, Bernard Hinault.
Roadside St.9: Day #2 in the Pyrenees and the race just get tougher, with 5 high climbs enroute from St. Girons to Bagnères-de-Bigorre. The PEZ Roadside Crew went to the top of l’Hourquette d’Ancizan for a day with the fans.
Roadside St. 8: The race had it's first date with the mountains today as Les Pyrénées mark the first mountain experience in the 100th edition of Le Tour. And what a day it was driving over the hors category Col de Pailhères to Ax-le-Thermes.
Roadside St.7: The PEZ Roadside reportage takes many shapes, and for every road block , there's a gendarme willing to let us pass, like today on the baking hot road from Montpellier to Albi.
TDF Roadside St.6: After 2 long days chasing the race to the end, today's plan was all about finding a story early, and there's no better place than the stage depart from Aix-en-Provence.
TDF Roadside St.5: Today's journey began with the road directly outside of our hotel was blocked by the Gendarmes. There were dozens of the Police officers lining every entry point to the road. At first we were allowed onto the empty street with our press sticker, but journeyed only 500M before one rogue officer stopped us.
The Tour lands in France proper, and the PEZ Roadside Crew lands at Le Tour. Kicking off our opening week coverage is new-to-the-crew photog Dave Lipnowski, who’s covered a lot of big sporting events in his career but never le Tour. This’ll be fun to watch…