The Tour de France has started, the Grand Depart in Düsseldorf is over.
With the support of a small breakfast we were perfectly in time to experience the first highlight – the advertising caravan. My honest opinion? We were a bit disappointed. But we are talking about Dusseldorf, this advertising caravan had in fact really little resemblance to the carnival monday parade, let us just say that we are definitely spoiled.
A good hour later the tension slowly but surely increased, as did the stress level of the tour makers, who with great effort cleared the road. Again and again there were cars, motorcycles flashing their lights, but …. nothing more. And then! Then!!! Then ….. gone immediately.
The official start signal was about a minute away from our location, the field was still relatively together, and they were fast. Really fast!
But after returning from the little excursion around Neandertal, Mettmann, Ratingen, the tour came back to Dusseldorf, practically on the other side of the road, where the peloton went west, and then left the city.
And after the field had passed? Quelle question, it is the street cleaning of course. With perfect organisation the trash cans were emptied and the street cleansed again. Thanks, Awista!
All in all it was an exciting and fascinating event and it went by far too fast. All helpers along the route were super helpful, very committed and despite their responsibility in a good mood. I found the entire organization very good, perfect, and in style. Only one deficit comes to mind: There were definitely not enough little flags.