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  1. Vindictive
    July 3, 2012

    Once again thanks for the stories and snaps! Love the snot rocket :)

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  2. LL
    July 3, 2012

    Great pictures again Ray! You weren’t the photographer that caused that crash, were you? :)

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  3. SwimNBike
    July 3, 2012

    tres Cool!!

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  4. huphtur
    July 3, 2012

    That snot rocket guy is none other than Peter Sagan, the winner of the stage.

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  5. Ankush
    July 3, 2012

    I’m really loving your insider scoop on the race. Looking forward to great writeups of the upcoming stages

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  6. DanL
    July 3, 2012

    Congrats on the move and thanks for all the interesting posts from everywhere — here’s what those GreenEdge Go-Pro’s were up to that day.
    link to youtube.com

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  7. 20100
    July 3, 2012

    Thanks also for the report and the photo. Welcome to France !
    Vincent

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  8. Geert
    July 3, 2012

    As for the anticlimatic race start – these are the rules actually; the riders are obliged to stay behind the race director’s car in the first few km as they ride “out of town” (unofficial start), until the race director waves the flag (official start), and at that point usually the attacks start right away!

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  9. Rainmaker
    July 3, 2012

    Thanks all!

    Hi LL-

    No, I’ve had enough racer-nonracer contact in my life already. Having been hit twice while racing (once by a car, and once by a kid on a bike), I’m definitely staying far out of their way. Supposedly just after that photo guy got hit, someone else came over and punched him – but I haven’t seen that particular video clip yet. YouTube anyone?

    Hey Huphter-

    Great catch! I’ve updated the post to note it.

    Hey Dan-

    Very cool. It’s funny, I’ve actually got a few photos of that very interview there at the beginning.

    Hi Geert-

    Yup, indeed. I was trying to find the exact distance for yesterday’s stage before they were allowed to go at it.

    Thanks again all!

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  10. Barborkas
    July 3, 2012

    I have been away for some time, but you moved to Paris??? My favorite city after Prague and NYC??? Let me know if you need some tips – lived there as a foreigner for three years :) Wow, I am kind of jealous, though I am happy to being back home in the Czech Republic. You and The Girl should come and visit! :)

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  11. Seb
    July 3, 2012

    Good stuff.

    Welcome to Europe, Ray.

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  12. trailseven
    July 3, 2012

    fantastic photos again Ray, keep up the good and informative work… think you have a dream job

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  13. Anonymous
    July 3, 2012

    Judging by the helmet and previous photo I would venture to guess that the RadioShack rider looking back is none other than Frank Schleck. Probably making sure Wiggins (in Green jersey with yellow helmet) is behaving himself.

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  14. John S.
    July 3, 2012

    Do you have any insight into the purpose of the GoPro cameras on that team car?

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  15. Mark
    July 3, 2012

    Great pics, wish I was there!!

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  16. t sauerbrei
    July 3, 2012

    Enjoying the coverage, Thanks
    Seems like a cool place to live for a couple years.

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  17. Slowbiker
    July 3, 2012

    Dude, I’d so much rather read your “non-credentialed” reports than the same old, same old from the pool reporters. Your behind-the-scenes writeups and pics are terrific, and I’m sure you’re enjoying the adventure of finding your way around foreign countries to try to stay ahead of the peloton.

    Glad you answered the question about the moron taking pics IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COURSE. Also, glad that wasn’t you!

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  18. ConArtist
    July 3, 2012

    Very cool Ray. Awesome to represent D.C. out there! Lucky dog.

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    July 7, 2012

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  20. Bill
    July 8, 2012

    Awesome post! I’m heading to France on the 12th to catch 4 stages of the Tour and this post just gets me that much more excited!

    Just in case anyone’s interested, I’m blogging my TdF experience at http://tdf2012.blogspot.com.

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    July 9, 2012

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