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Tour de PEZ: Eyes & Ears Open Around The Finish
Roadside St.13: At PEZ we’re regulars at stage starts and on the parcours – but what happens after a stage? We thought we’d take a peek after stage 13 into Lourdes. Come with us we ‘work the bus park.’






For some, the faces say; ‘job done’ – as Alberto gets through another stage without incident and Jeremy Roy enjoys his reward for two days of adventuring in the mountains.





But for the mechanics the day is just starting.





For others it’s been a grim day, the faces of Sandy Casar and Jurgen Roelandts tell you that it’s not a good time to ask for an interview.



But some are happy, take furry faced Rabo man, Laurens Ten Dam.



Even some of the walking wounded have a smile – Sky’s Spanish tough guy, Juan Antonio Flecha doesn’t seem to be worried about the bandages.





But it’s harder for Johny Hoogerland to crack a smile; his legs are still in a horrible mess.





Some, like Richie Porte and Mark Renshaw are simply exhausted after days of taking care of their high profile bosses.



Others slip away to find shelter from the storm; Maxime Bouet slides quietly into the AG2R team bus.







There’s no hiding place from the reporters though, as Maarten Tjallingii, Lars Bak and Cuddles have to tell their story to the microphones.





But the men with mikes have a job to do; although some aren’t quite as serious as others.





And patience is needed too, for those autograph requests, Big George comes back off the bus whilst Levi is desperate to get on but takes the pen.





For the big stars, their status carries responsibility; tired or stressed or not, Ivan Basso and Andy Schleck have to make themselves available to the press and tifosi.





But it’s not all ‘negs’ – Fran Ventoso enjoys an ice cream whilst Sky management ‘have a fag.’







The Tour is hard even on the stars of tomorrow, ex-white jerseys Gesink and Thomas ride past without a second glance – but at least Geraint has his red number as most aggressive rider on stage 12

Meanwhile, Arnold Jeannesson rides into the limelight as best ‘Jeune’ – but for how long?







But the Tour is good to her “old boys’ – a glass of bubbly for Giovanni Lombardi, a radio interview for Cyrille Guimard and a ready audience for Ronan Pensec.





‘Man does not live by bread alone’ but this is the biggest race in the world and you have to get those carbs; Sammy multi tasks as he fuels up – and Thor’s pasta is rushed to meet him.



But at the end of the day, all it’s all about one thing – winning.

Ask Thor.


 

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