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En dag som reporter i Tour de France

Tirsdag d. 24. juli 2001

De fleste af de danske sportsjournalister, der har oplevet at være udsendte medarbejdere til Tour de France, er ikke i tvivl om, at det er det hårdeste job, vi kan komme ud for - med rejser stort set hver dag og med alle de sidehistorier, cykelsporten har budt på i de seneste år.
Cycling-News-reporter Tim Maloney er midt i Tour'en lige nu. Han beskriver arbejdet i denne artikel:

The Glamourous life of a Tour De France journalist

By Tim Maloney, cyclingnews.com correspondent

Just in case Cyclingnews readers were wondering, here is an inside peek into what a typical day is like as a Tour De France journalist. Our day starts in a 4 star hotel, provided by the Sociètè du Tour De France, that is adjacent to the Village Depart in the stage start finish. After a leisurely breakfast, we saunter over to Le Village, where the teams have already assembled and are looking forward to giving us great quotes, scoops and the inside skinny on Le Tour.

About 10 minutes before the stage start, we are escorted to our waiting press vehicle, a chauffeured Alfa Romeo 166, once again provided by the Sociètè du Tour De France. We can either go directly to the air-conditioned deluxe press centre, right next to the finish with a gratis gourmet buffet, back rubs, instant DSL connection, TV monitor and Radio Tour from each private reserved work station.
Brilliant photos
Photo: © Cyclingnews

Or else, our chauffeur drives us along the race route to the finish, with each journo-mobile provided with a police escort that whisks us to the finish and drops us right in front of the aforementioned press centre.

After the stage, we file our pithy, insightful blow-by-blow account of the day's stage and our brilliant photos. Then our TdF chauffeur comes back to pick us up and whisk us to our hotel for the night, as always right next to the next day's stage start. Or in case of those dreaded mountaintop finish stages, special media helicopter shuttles are called in to ensure no inconvenience disturbs the working press corps at Le Tour.

What's wrong with this picture? As the strains of Napoleon the 13th's landmark tune rise in the background, I see those nice young men in their clean white coats and remember there is only a week to go until Paris...