Like this site? Help us to make it better.


Video: Beyond the Tour de France finish line with André Greipel

Things get hectic for Lotto-Soudal sprinter the moment he takes the win in Amiens

Things get a little hectic for any rider winning a Tour de France stage the moment they cross the finish line, as this video from Velon following André Greipel after his victory in Stage 5 in Amiens shows.

One of the German's Lotto-Soudal team staff, equipped with a camera, chases after him to help guide him back to the podium area, through a throng of well-wishers, not least his team mates offering their congratulations on a job well done.

Besides journalists wanting to grab a word with the stage winner immediately afterwards and photographers wanting to grab a picture, there is a long list of post-race protocols to go through - TV interviews, anti-doping control, the podium presentation for the stage and, in Greipel's case, the green jersey, plus the official press conference.

It's all part of a pro cyclist's job, of course - but especially after a stage as stressful as yesterday's, it does mean an extra delay before he can join his team mates at the hotel, get a much-needed massage and something to eat, then rest before getting back on his bike today to try and do it all again.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

Latest Comments