Le Tour - Final Stage

Imagine you're a photo editor of a sports section/magazine - you want a shot besides the one of Alberto Contador drinking champagne while riding his bike as he celebrates his overall win of this year's Tour De France. You go for one of Mark Cavendish winning the final stage with an incredibly fast sprint... Having watched it on TV you saw how he threw his arms up exactly as he crossed the line and can see the image in you mind, Cavendish arms raised, the finish line perfectly leading the viewers eye to the bike and a wonderful composition with the two circles of the wheels, the cyclist and the road markings creating a frozen moment of harmonious joy. Here's how it happened on TV (apologies for the bad youtube screen grabs..)

Mark Cavendish just about to cross the finish line as the winner of the final stage of the Tour De France - Is this the shot? No, not quite....


Mark Cavendish just after crossing the finish line as the winner of the final stage of the Tour De France - Is this the shot? No, almost - just missed it. So.......



Mark Cavendish actually crossing the finish line as the winner of the final stage of the Tour De France - Is this the shot? Erm, Yes, except the TV camera is on the wrong side of this pillar.


Please tell me there was someone on the other side of the pillar, otherwise as our fictional photo editor you're gonna have to go with this tried and tested, perfectly fine but rather predictable shot...



Oh well. Congratulations to all the competition winners.

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