Motorbikes, blackboards, hope and sunflowers: My day as part of the Tour de France breakaway

You simply have to keep believing in the breakaway's success

Tour de France blackboard
(Image credit: Getty Images)

There are many anachronisms at the Tour de France. The caravan trundling around France tossing out packets of dried sausage and other bits of detritus; the physical signing on riders have to do ahead of every stage; the pinning of numbers to jerseys, there must be easier ways of identification than paper dossards. Most riders still even share rooms on Tour, bunking up in this age of bubbles and social distancing.

The one that beats of all these though, and is the object of my fascination, is the continued presence of a yellow motorbike with two people on it, also clad head to toe in yellow, one of whom holds a blackboard. 

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.