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PHOTO: Yellow sheep make an appearance at the Tour de France

  • David Whitlock

One would think that the Tour de France would start in France.  And one would be wrong.  For the 2nd time in history (2007), “Le Tour” began across the British Channel in the United Kingdown, specifically Leeds to Harrogate.  And England has tour fever, complete with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate that is) as well as Prince Harry and Prime Minister David Cameron on hand to congratulate the winners.

When one thinks of England, one usually imagines hilly fields populated with 500+ year old homes and lots and lots of sheep.  But not usually yellow sheep.  The scene along the first stage route included yellow dyed sheep (via Yorkshire resident Sarah Moriarty twitter):

Yellow, of course, in honor of the Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey) worn by the General Classification leader.  A series of ITV photos have some of the background of the origin of the yellow sheep:

The sheep seem oblivious Credit: ITV News

The sheep seem oblivious
Credit: ITV News

 

Ready for some cycling Credit: Yorkshire Building Society

Ready for some cycling
Credit: Yorkshire Building Society

Sheep position themselves for a view of the riders Credit: Yorkshire Building Society

Sheep position themselves for a view of the riders
Credit: Yorkshire Building Society

Stage 1 was taken by Germany’s Marcel Kittel for Team Giant-Shimano, who outpaced Peter Sagan after a gruesome crash in the last 500m took out several sprint favorites including Mark Cavendish.  Most riders ended with the same time, but Kittel will don the Maillot Jaune on Sunday.  Kittel won the first road stage last year, as well.

Le Tour will continue for three weeks for the traditional Paris finish.  In the meantime, fans, both human and sheep, will continue to pledge their fandom via creative costumes.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late mid-2012 season and became the Reading Between the Seams (baseball) Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge college football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about college football or baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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