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On Sunday, I was stood on a mountain waiting for a bike race.

That bike race was stage 15 of the Tour de France and the route took in the little-known climb of the Pic de Nore.

This backroad cat 1 proved to be a launchpad for the climbers within the breakaway. With 40km from the summit to the finish, things looked good for Majka from where we stood with 4.9km left to climb.

Unfortunately for him, the tailwind going up turned into a crosswind on the descent and a strong chase from behind brought him back.

Pain by Luke Justin

Pain by Luke Justin

Watching on the road gives a unique view of the riders outside of the big groups. 

 

Movistar by Luke Justin

Movistar by Luke Justin

Most are simply suffering, having been dropped from a bigger group.

 

Sagan by Luke Justin

Sagan by Luke Justin

Unless you're Sagan, who seems to have the best poker face in the game.

 

Chava by Luke Justin

Chava by Luke Justin

Possibly the loudest cheer went to Sylvain Chavanel. Riding his 18th and final Tour, the Direct Energie rider has been a regular in breakaways, hoping to win the Super Combativitie award in Paris.

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.

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kil0ran [974 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Lovely photos - what camera? Colour balance looks like film shots

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timberluke [12 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Lovely photos - what camera? Colour balance looks like film shots

They are from the new Canon M50. Auto white balance but with manual shutter, ISO and aperture settings. There has been a little bit of post processing on some of the pictures.