As well as wanting to capture more of the scenic backgrounds at the Tour de France I also wanted to capture some the background of the actual race itself, namely the fans and the general spectacle. I knew I'd get some big crowd shots at Alpe d'Huez during Stage 20 the next day, but there were still some particularly colourful characters cheering the riders on around where I was stood for Stage 19. Opposite me were two Canadians, one dressed as a Mountie with an enormous Maple flag and the other wearing a large gorilla head. Then slightly up the road from were a selection of Superheroes including Spiderman, Superman and a Ninja Turtle, accompanied by a cheerleader and some bat-kids.
Having watched numerous mountain stages on TV, I knew straightaway that these were all prime candidates for running alongside the riders, possibly spoiling any shots, or then again potentially enhancing them. Initially I wasn't happy with their proximity, but in the end, the riders came up this section of the road so fast we were all taken by surprise and not a single person ran after them or caused trouble.
But I still wanted to capture some of the fans, so as a large bunch of riders approached, I turned around and framed-up a shot with the superheroes cheering-on their favourites. Spiderman and cheerleader are getting into it, but Superman and Ninja Turtle are strangely subdued.