Preceding the riders by about two hours along the route is the "caravan" to entertain the crowds. Quite the spectacle.
Finally, the lead riders arrived in Briancon. The 24 year-old Colombian Soler won by 38 seconds and gave his Barloworld team a huge boost after arriving at the Tour de France via a wildcard invite. He literally flew towards the finish line, incredibly fast.
Photos: some of the caravan, the winner at the finish followed by President Sarkozy
My thanks to Eros for making my first visit to the Tour de France an incredible experience.