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Thru the Lens of Patrick Verhoest: Week One Extravaganza!

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It's go time in Belgium and France... and our Patrick Verhoest has been on hand for much of the week. On the flip, a short collection to catch you up on the sights of the Tour.

Before setting off to cover the race, Patrick needed some refreshment.

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And a fine refreshment it was. I'm told there might be a canned beverage in that picture somewhere.

Patrick wasn't the only one waiting for the action to start. His home country was hosting all sorts of visitors.

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Norwegians.

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Australians.

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And my kids' nightmares. Oh, and it wouldn't be Belgium without some cycling cartoon art...

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with beer...

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Saturday's prologue was a lovely day to send off the Tour. All sorts of people were in a celebratory mood.

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For most, though, it was all business.

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Check out those arms! Pretty ripped there Wiggo!

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Victor at the finish. On to stage 1.

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I admit, if I have to buy bottled gas, yeah, sure, why not. OK, on to the road stages. Wiggo arrives. Nice lid Brad!

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Cycling royalty?

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Speaking of which, this was the day Peter Sagan introduced himself to the world.

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Stage 2 was all Cavendish though.

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Silly helmet and all.

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The real story of the Tour, however, has to be Sagan's bike:

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The Tourminator? I dunno, I guess. You can call yourself whatever you want when you do this:

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Yup, you are the man.

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More from le Tour in a bit. Thanks Patrick!

Photos by Patrick Verhoest for the Podium Cafe