L’Alpe d’Huez: A lesson in the right way to watch a race

Just shots of fans today...with one exception. They are here in every type and color, and cover every square foot of the climb out of the valley. And many of them have been here for days, camping out in parking lots, lawns, or on the shoulder of the road. Once you see the scenery -- and the peloton -- you can understand why.

By Casey B. Gibson

Beats standing 12-deep along the metal barriers of a typical stage finish.

Beats standing 12-deep along the metal barriers of a typical stage finish.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Just shots of fans today…with one exception. They are here in every type and color, and cover every square foot of the climb out of the valley. And many of them have been here for days, camping out in parking lots, lawns, or on the shoulder of the road. Once you see the scenery — and the peloton — you can understand why.

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