The Tour de France is over, the riders have headed for some well-deserved rest and the Eurosport team have packed the mobile studio into storage.

But what is it actually like covering the greatest road race in the world?

We’re able to give you a sneak peak of the final week on tour, courtesy of photos and videos taken by the whole team*: Rob Hatch, Carlton Kirby, Brian Smith, Jonathan Edwards, producer Doug Ferguson, Ashley House, Laura Meseguer and the rest.

(*Sean Kelly would have contributed, but he was too tired from his role of sampling every red wine in France)


The most chilled out man in the peloton joined Eurosport in the studio before talking Rob Hatch through his race diet in an hilarious Facebook Live.

But for Orica-Scott rider Mathew Hayman it was the prospect of a rest day that was truly tantalising.


The rest day gave the team a chance to test their legs and go for a ride, before gathering in Jonathan Edwards’ room for a debrief live on Facebook.


Tuesday saw the race resume and the team’s noses return to the grindstone… if a French cafe can ever be called a grindstone!


A return to the mountains was much-welcomed on Wednesday.


Thursday introduced the added excitement of La Course to proceedings, with Joanna Rowsell-Shand joining Eurosport for coverage of the entertaining first day in the Alps.

Meanwhile, Ashley House was being entertained by some serious skills in the press tent…


The decisive day of the Tour had Mathew Hayman all excited.

And it’s fair to say that Matt Stephens was pretty excited too!

While Matt was larking around, Laura Meseguer was being the uber-professional she is and capturing the fan atmosphere on the Isoard.

Top Eurosport team with Jonathan Edwards and Greg Lemond. Cheers!

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Col d' Izoard 500 mts views

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Postcard from Col d'Izoard Beautiful day up here!

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Saturday’s time trial had its critics, but the Eurosport team were certainly blown away by the stadium finish to the stage.

And of course Jo Rowsell-Shand was back for the conclusion of La Course.

Marseille Velodrome #TourdeFrance

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But Sunday’s ride into Paris was what it was all about. The final stage had a celebratory air… and not just out on the roads.

The team could also afford to relax slightly, although know that they have plenty of interviews to do when the racing comes to an end.

Sir Dave Brailsford was happy to join Jonathan and Brian for an extended interview after claiming a brilliant individual and team triumph.

Last post stage show in Paris…. #tourdefrance

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And the relief of the race being finally over was too much for Ashley and Laura (we’re sure it was just relief, nothing to do with the free-flowing Champers).

To everyone who watched the Tour on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player, thank you.

As Carlton Kirby eloquently said on twitter:

“Without your support there is no show.”

But don’t worry, you don’t have long to wait for more Grand Tour action. We’ll be back in just under four weeks with full coverage of the Vuelta Espana.

[Watch the Vuelta LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player]