Of course, cyclists are chuffed with the turn out. “Going up Holme Moss I had goosebumps,” Thomas admits, as aerial pictures doing the rounds on the web show the cyclists can barely be differentiated from the crowd.
But if you want to grab a picture of yourself with the cycling stars, “go and sit in a tree,” says Thomas.
US racing star Tejay van Garderen agrees. He writes on Twitter, “Standing in the middle of the road with you [sic] back turned while 200 cyclists come at you, just to take a selfie. #think #TDF2014
“That being said, I love the crowds and thank you for your support. But please give us room.”
And of course – you are technically missing the action…
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