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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