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  • Cav gets a grilling, and other photos from the Asian crits

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    At the end of every season the stars of the Tour de France head east for exhibition races and some slightly embarrassing photo shoots. We’ve yet to have tired of the idea

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    Photographs: Pauline Ballet/ASO
    Saitama crit 2017

    It’s that time of year again. You know, when the Eurocentric peloton is shipped-off to Asia ostensibly to ride criteriums but really to pose for photos while partaking in martial arts demos.

     

    Organised by Tour de France promoters ASO, the events in Shanghai, China and Saitama, Japan saw Chris Froome swap his yellow jersey for a yellow ninja outfit and Warren Barguil do his best play-acting since that stage of the Vuelta where he didn’t ride in his team’s best interests.

     

    The riders won’t necessarily thank her for it, but Pauline Ballet was there with her camera.

    Shanghai crit 2017
    Yep, this is what it’s all about
    Saitama crit 2017
    And there was some racing too
    Saitama crit 2017
    Go Froome-dog go!
    Saitama crit 2017
    Warriors in battle
    Shanghai crits 2017
    Cyclists in awkward pose
    Shanghai crit 2017
    OK Alberto, you can do it just one last time
    Saitama crit 2017
    Saitama you say? Looks uncannily like the Croydon underpass
    Saitama crit 2017
    There’s a good sport Chris
    Saitama crits 2017
    Has this been photoshopped?
    Shanghai crit 2017
    We need to talk about the air pollution here
    Shanghai crit 2017
    No, seriously
    Saitama crit 2017
    The result was a walkover
    Shanghai crit 2017
    Champs Élysées practice
    Shanghai crit 2017
    Please raise a big hand for the stars of the Tour de France