Tour de France, Caen, 6 July 2006: Oscar Freire Wins Stage Five

July 7, 2006 | By Bryn Lennon | Creative

“Oscar Freire of Spain and Rabobank cross the line to win stage five of the 93rd Tour de France from Beauvais to Caen”

It’s all change for the hot favourites – Alejandro Valverde of Spain is out of the race after coming off his bike earlier in the week and breaking his collar bone. As well as a few missing teeth from other riders, it’s been an exciting week so far!

I shot this image as the winners crossed the finishing line. As a Getty Images photographer, I had a very good position (about 150 metres from the line) and used a 400mm lens to capture the final sprint. The riders are traveling about 40-45mph at this point, so it’s imperative the photographers don’t get in their way!

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  • Herman

    A tech question: do you use autofocus for these shots or do you simply prefocus on the line?

  • Marco Togni

    Hi Bryn,
    how many photographers are about on the finish line of the arrive in a stage of Tour de France?