Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, first rest day

by Michael Better

Photography by Cor Vos

The 2016 Tour de France took a break from the racing on Monday for the first of two rest days in the race. Andorra hosted the Tour for a busy day, despite the lack of racing.

The riders usually go for a morning spin to keep the legs moving and lactic acid from building up, and then have a team press conference to attend to. The team staff are busy as well, with the mechanics prepping bikes for the coming stages and the soigneurs giving post-ride massages.

Joaqium Rodriguez (Katusha) also announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the season on Monday at his team’s press conference.

“2016 will be my last season as a professional rider,” Rodriguez said. “I still enjoy this sport so much but I am 37 years old. One day I will have to stop anyway and I prefer to do this when I am still riding at a high level. I spoke about this already last year with my family.

“2016 is a special year with the Tour de France coming to my home in Andorra. There are also the Olympic Games in Rio, on a course that suits me very well. The most important reason to stop however is my family. They deserve to have me more with them. They always supported me. Now it’s my turn to support them.”

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