It was a dream of mine to go to the Tour de France. I was invited by the Radioshack Leopard Trek team to follow them for a week at the end of the Tour and document their time there. I took a train to Southern France to meet up with the team and coming out of the train station I walked through town towards the finish line of the stage. Somehow I was surprised that Tour was a real thing. I had only seen it growing up in California at 5am on TV. It has a special energy unlike any bike race I've photographed and a palpable tension where the highest goals are at stake.