1,000 Irish fans create 'Irish corner' at Tour de France
NEARLY 1,000 Irish fans have made a home away from home at the Tour de France.
Irish cycling enthusiasts have made their way to France to support those taking part in the race before it finishes this Sunday, July 21st. Tricolour flags drape the surrounding cliffs, have been drawn onto the roads with chalk, and countless flags have been posted from cars.
The only ever Irish Tour de France winner Stephen Roche, who took home gold in 1987, made an appearance at the 'Irish Corner' of the race in order to boost morale among our participants.
Demand has become so great for the Irish Corner that they have set up a Twitter account posting updates throughout the day to keep those at home duly informed. "Roughly one thousand Irish supporters at corner 10," they wrote earlier today. "Atmosphere is incredible. C'mon ye boys in green. Low lie the fields of Athenry."
Nicolas Roche is currently competing in the Tour de France, and yesterday, he placed 16th, finishing with a time of three hours, 54 minutes and 11 seconds. He finished 1 minute and 26 seconds behind the stage’s winner, Rui Alberto Costa of the Moviestar Team.
Fellow Irish rider Dan Martin finished 43rd in today’s stage in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 53 seconds – 12 minutes and 08 seconds behind the winner.
In the overall standings, Martin is in 10th place.