PHOTO ESSAY: Scicon Bags at Le Tour De France
Got post Tour Blues? Relive La Grand Boucle through the lens of American photographer Marshall Kappel who chased the Peloton around France for 3 weeks with his camera.
WET WEATHER & WET CHEEKS
As fans descend to the relative comfort of a parking lot at the base of the final climb in Andorra, riders push on almost blind. The rain and hail were so thick at one point that the camera would only focus on the rain, not the riders. The spectacular imagery was only enhanced by the bright car lights behind the staggered groups providing a lit path forward to the finish.
ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE READY FOR THE WEATHER TURNING SOUR
This was one of the wettest Tour’s in history and the Scicon Race Rain bag was essential to the teams. Every morning you could see the soigneurs loading up the trunks with the riders critical wet weather gear for that stage… the clouds always seemed to be looming, promising rain.
THE WAITING GAME
Being at the Tour and watching it on TV couldn’t be more different. So much goes on behind the scenes that TV misses, usually starting the night before each stage… there are mechanics working on bikes and consulting with riders, soigneurs strategically placed along the course ready to provide support from the Race Rain Bag if needed, Communications Directors, Trainers, Coaches, Chefs and other staff all in a perpetual state of motion to ensure the best for the team on any unpredictable day.
At last we traded rain for the dry heat of the mountains. Thirsty work, but Scicon is on it no matter what the conditions!
ETIXX-QUICK-STEP RIDER TONY MARTIN COOLS DOWN
Warming-up is as important as cooling down. Here, a pensive Tony Martin spends some time thinking about the stage in the summer heat as his legs cool.
THE BEAUTY OF THE RACE
The beauty of this race cannot be underestimated. The peloton is colorful, the country is vast and diverse, the fans warm and intense and I often find that any random nook or street corner is the perfect location to capture it’s essence.
LAST LEG OF LE TOUR: THE COBBLES OF THE CHAMPS-ÉLYÉES
Ending the race on the Champs-Elysees is fitting. The beautiful city hosting a beautiful race feels nostalgic and yet elegant and hopeful. No matter the outcome, we start thinking about the next year.
Written and photographed by Marshall Kappel
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