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Video: TdF leader Tony Gallopin and girlfriend Marion Rousse have a date in Paris

Charming animation of pair who will ride separate races for Lotto-Belisol in home city a fortnight today

The internet doesn’t hang around. Less than an hour and a half after Tony Gallopin was greeted by his girlfriend Marion Rousse as he crossed the line in Mulhouse in the group chasing today’s stage winner Tony Martin to become the new leader of the Tour de France, an animated version of the pair has found its way onto YouTube.

Uploaded by Tom Peeters, the animation recalls that the couple, who live in Paris and both ride for Lotto-Belisol, will both be competing in separate events in their home city a fortnight today – Gallopin in the final stage of the Tour, and Rousse in La Course, the new one-day women’s race that precedes it on the Champs-Elysees.

We think it’s charming – although it’s unlikely Gallopin will still have that yellow jersey, which Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team ceded today to take the pressure off having to defend it, come Paris.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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