At TV newscast I heard that the Tour de France (also known in France as La Grande Boucle) cycling race is starting today from Nice.
A very limited number of spectators is admitted along the roads where the race will pass cause of the outbreak hazard.
Probably the Tour de France is the most important stage cycling race in the world, the second one is probably the Giro d'Italia (literally: the Italian tour, in Italy we also abbreviate in the Giro and we know we are talking about the Giro d'Italia).
In the past years, the Giro was generally being disputed in April-May, before the Tour de France that was in July.
This year the Giro has been postponed in October, while the La Grande Boucle starts today (at the and of August) without spectators along the road where it passes.
In my opinion, TV is the best way to watch a cycling race as it permits to see from different perspectives, to look ad different athletes when someone run away from the group.
However, to be on the road, to wait for 1-2 hours for seeing the cyclists more or less 20 seconds (as they do not pass, they flash away in front of the spectators) has its fascination.
Giro d'Italia 2019, near the town of Bomporto (Province of Modena), spectators waiting for the arrivals of cyclists (I stood here waiting almost 2 hours, it was a very sunny day, about 30-35 degrees in the shadow: there was no shadow)
Giro d'Italia 2019, near the town of Bomporto (Province of Modena): the cyclists are affording the roundabout (I have chosen to stand after the roundabout, and not before because the runners were forced to slow down a little as they were going about 40-45 Km/h).
The pictures were taken by me with a smartphone. A little manipulation was done to hidden the faces of some people.
I don't know if it will be possible to take pictures like these during the next edition.