Sunday, June 3, 2012

Grand Duke Jean at Bicycle Race **

While his grandson Felix is celebrated his 28th birthday today (all guddes!), Grand Duke Jean watched the final stage of the Tour de Luxembourg in the pouring rain, a picture can be found on the website of Wort. Needless to say, it's always great to see Grand Duke Jean out and about, last time was the engagement of Guillaume and Stéphanie.

The fourth and last stage of the TdL led from Mersch, which is not too far from Fischbach where Grand Duke Jean lives, to the city of Luxembourg. While Jurgen Roelandts won today's stage, Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang, who races for the Luxembourgish RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team and calls the Grand Duchy his second home, won the overall ranking and Luxembourg's very own Fränk Schleck came in third.
Of course, the whole event was covered by RTL; starting at 3:38 you can see and hear Grand Duke Jean cheering on the cyclists.

Funny fact: the Grand Duchy is pretty much crazy about cycling - Luxembourgish cyclists have won the world's hardest race the Tour de France five times (François Faber, Nicolas Frantz (2), Charly Gaul and most recently Andy Schleck) - so it's no wonder the grand ducal family is into the sport as well. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume is even the patron of the Luxembourgish cycling federation but interestingly I have seen every member of the family attending various races but him...

Source: Wort

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