Un día en el Tour de France

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Riders cast shadows on the road during the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel  (SWITZERLAND SPORT CYCLING)

Hoy es día de descanso en el Tour de France, la carrera ciclista por etapas más importante del mundo. En la etapa de ayer que recorría los montes suizos, el español Alberto Contador consiguió hacerse con la victoria en el alto de Verbier y con el maillot amarillo de líder. He realizado una pequeña edición sobre lo que fue el día de ayer, espero que os guste.

La fotografía de ciclismo en ruta es muy especial. El fotógrafo debe servirse de la ayuda de un motorista que le lleva de un punto a otro de la carrera. Esto hace que el motorista sea los segundos pares de manos y ojos del fotógrafo como cuenta un fotero de Reuters en el blog de esta agencia. Aunque algunas de las fotos de este post fueron realizadas por fotógrafos que no iban en moto y se encontraban entre el público durante la subida.

Mi jefe Jon Barandica se dedicó a cubrir ciclismo durante la época de Indurain y nos habla a menudo a la gente de la mesa sobre la fotografía de ciclismo y el propio deporte. Nos cuenta como antes tenían que revelar en un cuartucho y transmitir con unas pesadas máquinas conectadas al cable del teléfono que tardaban una eternidad en enviar a la redacción. Siempre eran los últimos en irse mientras los de la organización desmontaban el chiringuito de la llegada. Hoy en día, a eso de las seis de la tarde, ya han llegado todas las fotos de la etapa. Estos últimos días el ciclismo es tema recurrente en nuestras conversaciones por el Tour de Francia. Espero que a Jon también le guste esta edición.

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Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain holds his race number after signing the start list prior to the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Franco Pellizotti of Italy, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, and Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey, left to right, wait to take the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
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Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s Lance Armstrong of the United States looks at a local priest blessing on July 19, 2009 in Pontarlier, eastern France, the start of the 207 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG

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A fan, wearing a polka dot jersey of best climber, looks for something to drink in his fridge on July 19, 2009 during the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE

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VER116 VERBIER (SUIZA) 19/07/09.- Varios coches publicitarios pasan ante los espectadores en Verbier (Suiza) durante la 15ª etapa del Tour de Francia disputada entre las localidades de Pontarlier y Verbier, en Suiza, hoy domingo 19 de julio. EFE/Jean-Christophe Bott
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Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (C) cycles in the Alps mountains during  the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel  (SWITZERLAND SPORT CYCLING)

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The pack of riders cycles during  the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel  (SWITZERLAND SPORT CYCLING)

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Leading men of the breakaway ride past a young fan holding a Swiss flag, on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and took the yellow jersey of overall leader. AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG

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Astana riders cycle in the Alps mountains during  the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel  (SWITZERLAND SPORT CYCLING IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Fans hold Swiss flags on July 19, 2009 during the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.          TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/LIONEL BONAVENTURE
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Stage winner and new overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain eats during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
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The pack climbs Mosses pass, Switzerland, during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) 

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Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg (C) rides with his brother, Frank Schleck of Luxemburg (L) and 2007 Tour de France winner,  Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain (R), on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and took the yellow jersey of overall leader. AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG
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2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain (R) starts to break before winning the stage and getting the yellow jersey of overall leader on July 19, 2009 during the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). Contador won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO POOL BERNARD PAPON

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2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain (R) looks at Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg (L) as he starts to break before winning the stage and getting the yellow jersey of overall leader on July 19, 2009 during the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). Contador won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO POOL BERNARD PAPON

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2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain rides in the last kilometers on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE
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Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg rides in the last kilometers on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE

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Seven-time Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s Lance Armstrong of the United States rides in the last kilometers on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET
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French cycling team AG2R-La Mondiale (ALM)’s rider  Rinaldo Nocentini rides in the last kilometers on July 19, 2009 in the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). 2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE

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Alberto Contador of Spain reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain jubilates on the finish line after winning on July 19, 2009 the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). AFP PHOTO PASCAL PAVANI

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Stage winner and new overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain reacts on the podium after the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) with start in Pontarlier, France and finish in Verbier, Switzerland, Sunday July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

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2007 Tour de France winner and Kazakh cycling team Astana (AST)’s leader Alberto Contador of Spain jubilates on the podium after winning and taking the yellow jersey of overall leader on July 19, 2009 at the end of the 207,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2009 Tour de France cycling race run between Pontarlier and Verbier (Switzerland). Contador won ahead of Danish cycling team Team Saxo Bank (SAX)’s leader Andy Schleck of Luxemburg and Italian cycling team Liquigas (LIQ)’s Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG
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Race leader Alberto Contador of Spain walks by the media during a Tour de France rest day in Sion, Switzerland July 20, 2009.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (SWITZERLAND SPORT CYCLING)