Football shirts and flag waving: The Colombian fans who cheer their Tour de France heroes no matter what

The dozens of Colombian fans can be seen outside Movistar's and Cannondale-Drapac's buses each morning and afternoon at the Tour de France

Colombian fans cheer on Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana at the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Some watch the finish and then, in a hurried rush, run towards the team buses. Others set up camp outside the buses long before a stage finish, waiting patiently for a glimpse, and perhaps a selfie, with their icons.

The eccentric, flag-waving, chanting and colourful Colombian fans at the Tour de France are as much a part of the race’s tradition as the caravane and bunting is.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.