Wheel men

Just over a week to go until the start of the 2011 Tour de France.   Next Thursday, competing teams will be introduced to the press at Le Puy du Fou.   The official start of the 98th edition of the TdF will take place on 2 Juillet at the Passage du Gois in the Vendée.

Linking the continent to the island of Noirmoutier and measuring 4.5 km in length, the Passage du Gois is a submersible road covered twice daily at high tide, but which remains fully accessible at low tide.

One cyclist you won’t see slogging through the mire is Comrade Bear.  Although he’s in Paris today for the air show and talks (or at least photo ops) with Fillon and Sarkozy, he won’t be sticking around for the TdF.  The prime minister had his fill of cycling back home near Moscow two weekends ago –in the company of Dimi Medvedev.  The photo below shows #1 and #2 reflecting on their experience and sharing a quiet moment.

There seem to be indications that Comrade Bear wasn’t all that thrilled about having to pose for this recent photo shoot:  note the way the fingers of Putin’s right hand just happen to be casually arranged.  Lunghu’s gonna have to double-check his international sign language dictionary to be sure of an accurate translation, but you probably get the general idea.

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