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Tour de France stage 4: sign on

Posted by on July 5, 2016

I’ll admit I felt particularly weird asking for autographs this morning. The first few cyclists at sign on today were either riders I really don’t know at all and so I wasn’t yet warmed up enough to properly cheer for them or they were riders I see around town all the time where I live so that feels a little awkward to excitedly call out to them (would you cheer for your neighbors on their way to work?). Before long though, the riders who always seem happy to see me started showing up and it just became as natural as anything to switch into my usual spectating mode.

 

Gregory Rast.

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Eduardo Sepulveda.

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The always smiling Roy Curvers.

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Wilco Kelderman.

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Andre Greipel gives an interview while compatriots Marcel Sieberg and Tony Martin sign on.

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Lotto Soudal receive their cows as the best team on stage 3.

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Thibault Pinot.

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Antoine Duchesne.

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I get a kick out of seeing the Dutch and French national champion kits together. They look like a pair of astro pops, although I can’t figure out which one of them is upside down. Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands and Arthur Vichot of France.

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The usual sign on traffic jam.

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Georg Preidler practices his track stand.

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Rohan Dennis was named to the Australian cycling team for the Rio Olympics.

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Sebastian Langeveld: professional cyclist and international sock model.

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Matt Hayman, winner of this year’s Paris-Roubaix and the oldest Tour de France debutant this year.

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Warren Barguil.

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Michael Matthews.

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Christian Prudhomme presents Stephen Cummings with a photo.

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Chris Juul Jensen.

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Ramunas Navardauskas.

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Alex Howes.

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Eritrean national champion, Daniel Teklehaimanot.

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It’s not easy being green: Mark Cavendish.

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Pete Stetina.

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King of the Mountains and king of the world: Jasper Stuyven.

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Today’s autographs came from:

51 Wilco Kelderman

53 Dylan Groenewegen

57 Sep Vanmarcke

84 Alex Howes

91 Richie Porte

98 Greg Van Avermaet

101 Mark Cavendish

107 Serge Pauwels

109 Daniel Teklehaimanot

141 Joaquim Rodriguez

147 Jurgen Van den Broeck

151 Rui Costa

157 Louis Meintjes

168 Jurgen Roelandts

173 Antoine Duchesne

176 Adrien Petit

183 Iljo Keisse

205 Daryl Impey

212 Vegard Breen

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