It’s that time of year again. You know, when the Eurocentric peloton is shipped-off to Asia ostensibly to ride criteriums but really to pose for photos while partaking in martial arts demos.
Organised by Tour de France promoters ASO, the events in Shanghai, China and Saitama, Japan saw Chris Froome swap his yellow jersey for a yellow ninja outfit and Warren Barguil do his best play-acting since that stage of the Vuelta where he didn’t ride in his team’s best interests.
The riders won’t necessarily thank her for it, but Pauline Ballet was there with her camera.
Yep, this is what it’s all about
And there was some racing too
Go Froome-dog go!
Warriors in battle
Cyclists in awkward pose
OK Alberto, you can do it just one last time
Saitama you say?
Looks uncannily like the Croydon underpass
There’s a good sport Chris
Has this been photoshopped?
We need to talk about the air pollution here
The result was a walkover
Champs Élysées practice
Please raise a big hand for the stars of the Tour de France
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