It's been thrilling to watch the Tour de France on TV. Even better to see the race up close and personal, right?
I hopped on my bike hoping to catch some good photos of the Tour de France finish on the Champs Elysees. Ha! Easier said than done. At least 300,000 other people all had the same idea. I made it only as far as the rue de Rivoli, across from the Tuileries gardens near the Louvre, on the east end of the final loop. I couldn't wiggle my way into the front row, but I did manage to stick my arm and camera in between a few people so that I could snap a few photos.
Here are the best of them. Remember, I don't have one of those big fancy cameras with speedy shutter speed and long lens!
I tried moving down the street to find a better spot. I climbed up some steps, but just caught a big blur as they whizzed by at 50+ km/hr.
This is about as close as I could get to the winner in the yellow jersey, Alberto Contador. Oh well.
You can find much better pictures on TV or the Tour website, but it was exciting to be there and to see them speed past.