I followed the stage of the Tour de France on television while my brother and sister-in--law watched it from the roadside. Although you get all the atmosphere and excitement when you watch it live you also have to stand still for ages, you see them go by in a few seconds and then its all over! So, my brother had to resort to text messages to find out the situation. Here is what we said to each other.
Lovely: Hope u r out there writing Bradley Wiggin's name on the road 4 when he comes by 2morrow as he is third overall.
Lovely's brother: Will write it just below Lovely, will be in Chinaillon village to see it.
Lovely's brother: We are at the top of the Col (de la Columbiere).
Lovely: They are 40k away. Brad Wig still there but they will try and shake him off. P.S. Am watching live!
Lovely: Brad holding on
Lovely's brother: Who's ahead? We are on the right on a small slope 30ft from the peak.
Lovely: Changing all the time. They have dropped Wiggins.
Lovely: Contador. Sclecksx2 (they are brothers) and Kloden. Wigs trying 2 get back with Armstrong.
Lovely's brother: How far? Jude (sister in law) needs the loo!
Lovely: 30 mins
Lovely: Heading down 2wards the final climb. Wave!
Lovely: If Brad Wig is not too far behind at top he could make up time in time trial 2morrow.
Lovely's brother: Lot of support 4 him here
Lovely: Sarkosy was at the finish
Lovely's brother: He's a knob, who won and where was Wig?
Lovely: Schlek. Wig 3 minutes down. May pick up more time 2morrow. Armstrong did well.