New York Times sports reporter
A bread store in downtown Tonnerre broke out old newspapers of Tours past. #tdf
A cathedral high above downtown Tonnerre. Cyclists rode toward it as they headed to the start. #tdf
Denis Menchov, the Giro d'Italia winner, is off to the start line. He is in 28th place. #tdf
Mark Cavendish was particularly cheery this morning before Stage 12. #tdf
Tom Boonen, the sprinter, talks to Italian TV before Stage 12 in Tonnerre. #tdf
Beautiful old churches and buildings, from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau. #tdf
Santa is here in July, and he is evidently Norwegian. #tdf
The Tour helicopters follow the race, hovering above fields and fans. #tdf
The riders had a beautiful ride on Stage 11, through farmland and quaint villages.
Photographers waded into the wheat and sunflower fields to get their shots during Stage 11. #tdf
The riders' view during Stage 11. Lots of wheat fields, small villages and miles of sunflowers. #tdf
The peloton drives by and the crowds erupt in cheers. #tdf
Every storefront in Vatan was decked out in Tour gear. #tdf
The breakaway heads into town, straight for a party. Stage 11. #tdf
A perfect perch from which to watch Stage 11, a route that cut through wheat and sunflower fields. #tdf
Resting on a tractor, waiting for the race to zoom by the wheat fields during Stage 11. (Vatan to Saint-Fargeau)
The breakaway rides by, but is caught in the closing kilometers of Stage 11.
More fans out today for the start in Vatan than were out on Bastille Day. #tdf
Typical view, Stage 10. Sunflowers! #tdf
Lots of gendarmes per square foot here. There's one on every corner. #tdf
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