There’s stilt walkers, kids getting their faces painted with the Breton flag and lots of confusion. Everyone is nervous and excited. Revising for exams is over now – nothing left to do but race. I see all the Garmin Chipotles and my first glimpses of Zabel, Evans, Hincapie et al. I’ve managed to get in the shute with the riders as they wait to go. I am trying to get a close-up of Gar-Chip rider Trent Lowe when some-one pushes me backwards and I lose my balance and stumble and stand heavily on the back wheel of Andy Shleck’s brand spankin’ Cervelo. My grasp of conversational Luxembourgian is limited but my guess is he didn’t invite me over to the CSC bus later to talk about Britney.
I can see the headine now. “Shleck’s tour over after he suffers mechanical at crucial part of the Tour’s first stage.” Oops.