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Hons does the GP Montreal

Here is the story of my adventures at the GP Montreal by photo

Started our day at the rider sign in.  Others got there first.  

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This guy was with Team Katusha, fully kitted, but just watched the team go up for sign in.  Anyone know who this is? 

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Chris Horner was quite sheepish when fans called his name.  Pretty sure you can see him blushing.  

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These guys shot their rifles at the start.  The entire Canadian army perhaps?

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Pat stood and leaned on his car while everyone signed in.  Then when they rode by ho would nod, wave or wink at pretty much every rider.  Very creepy Godfatherish.  

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After the sign in I walked down the street where the caravan was lining up.  Riders were lounging around and JV was philosophizing

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"Hey Leeeenoos, who ya gonna kick today?"

"...you..."

(seriously, check out Leenoos' facial expression)

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Here are the folks who bring the action straight into your living room or sunlight deprived internet cave (recognize anyone?).  

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AND THEY'RE OFF

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After the start I went back to MY PATIO OVERLOOKING THE COURSE!!!!!!!!!!

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I then climbed the Houde (the first climb) and found MathieuG...and his signs

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When we got to the top of the climb I gave the camera to my fiance...

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The helicopter was a great way to keep track of the race as it progressed around the circuit.  

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Caravan nature break

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This is the feed zone center.  I spoke to one of the BMC staff and they said that they were allowed to feed the riders from the 4th lap until 2 to go.  So we stuck around and collected a Katusha and Liquigas bottle before heading on our way.  The competition for the discarded bottles was fierce!!!  One lucky fan got not only a Euskatel musette but a tasty looking sandwich as well.  

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After the feed zone we walked the rest of the course back to the start/finish.  My favourite moment of the day was a couple minutes after the race went by, we heard a shrill scream behind us, and a 8 year old child went careening down the road on his bike with a grinning Popovich hot on his heels.  

At the finish, we set up where we could see both one of the big screen tvs and a big strech of road coming into the finish area.  

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Gesink won btw.  Sorry for the spoiler

Right after this picture was taken a guy near me (not me I swear!) started a RYDER! RYDER! chant (one of many).  Ryder sheepishly waved.  

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Dom got swarmed as soon as he crossed the line

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A happy Gesink leaving the podium

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The "i get to hold all of Sagans shit" guy

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My "Sólo hablo español" friend from Saturday won the king of the mountain competition.  

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I'm pretty sure they made up prizes to get Ryder back on stage.  This was either "Top Canadian" or "most Agressive"

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And here are your Montreal correspondents signing off

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And that was the day the Protour came to town.  

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