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The Paris-Nice 2006 Final Weekend Photo Gallery
By Fabio
Date: 4/3/2006
The Paris-Nice 2006 Final Weekend Photo Gallery

The Paris-Nice 2006 Final Weekend Photo Gallery

Stage 6 (Cannes, Saturday, March 11th)
Photos from the Finish Line

In this article you can find the results of the French Riviera photo safari we did on the Weekend of March 11-12, 2006. A "cycling-focused" photo safari, as we went to the Paris-Nice race roads both in Cannes (Saturday) and Nice (Sunday). Click on any image to view a bigger size.

Welcome to Cannes, Europe's Cinema Capital City, the place
where even the graffiti on the main bus station talk Movies.
(btw - can you see Jessica Rabbit over there?)

But with the Festival only two months away,
another kind of movies was on stage today, and it
was all about the penultimate leg of a certain bike race.
As showed by the finish line picture above.

Fans at the line could watch the "stage movie"
live on a big screen.

Some of them with "relics" of a glorious
(and recent) past, like this ONCE jersey.

And those without such a jersey could always buy one
(better if yellow) at the well-stocked "travelling shop".

It's not about the yellow only. The shop
got something for the fans of rainbow and magenta too.

The Photofinish Camera is ready to do its share of the job.

And so is the podium, eager to get filled
by something (someone) else than those dishes.

And so are cycling legend Bernard Hinault (R)
and the Mayor of Cannes town (L), both waiting
to play their part in the Award Ceremony after the stage.

Oops, he caught me!
It's okay, Monsieur Bernard, I wasn't badmouthing you ;)

Finally, around 04:00 PM... the winner came to town.
Kazakhstan's new cycling sensation Andrey Kashechkin
crossed the line at the end of a winning solo breakaway.

Ah, sometimes it's so hard to be a rider.

Kashechkin on the Podium (flowers included) Part Two ...

And Part Three (the "gimme that damn applause" one).

After the stage victor, it's time to pay hommage
to the GC leader, and future race winner.

Floyd's last (and toughest) effort of the day:
to put the yellow jersey on.

A U.S. rider in yellow, leading a French race,
gets flowers and a lion puppet;
hmmm, where have we seen this before?

Landis raises his trophies.

After the blue (Liberty Seguros) and the yellow (Landis),
it's time for us to enjoy something green.
The green of Sprint Dictator Tom Boonen!

We usually get a front view of him.
His rivals usually get a back view of him.
But here's something unusual: a side view of him.

Next was the only French character in today's stage movie
(Sylvain Chavanel aside, but there was no final glory
for the brave Cofidis rider who finished 2nd): KOM leader
Christophe Laurent, here wearing his polka-dot jersey.

Liberty Seguros figured on the Cannes podium again,
courtesy of Luis Leon Sánchez, the top placed Young Rider

More from the Spanish boy, and his
struggle to have his sky blue jersey on.

Once Luis Leon Sánchez had his "battle" won,
the ceremony was over, and the Race to the Sun circus,
this Phonak team car included, moved towards Nice,
start and finish town of the next day's final stage.

And so did us, the very next morning! You can access our second Paris Nice Photo Gallery by clicking this link.

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