How to write to riders at the Tour de France

 

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- Update: French sports daily L'Equipe reports that after 11 days, Lance Armstrong has received the most mail at the Tour de France mobile post office with 40 messages, followed by Sylvain Chavanel with 26 messages, Andy Schleck with 24, Thomas Voeckler with 22 and Cadel Evans with 19.  Around 100 of the riders in the race have received at least one message or letter.

Interested in sending a note of encouragement to your favorite rider or team competing in the Tour de France?  There are two official ways to do this:  (they aren't all on Twitter!)  1. send a paper letter via postal mail or, better, 2. send a note online via French website Dynapost (see below).  Dynapost handles mail for the Tour de France: riders, teams, sponsors, the publicity caravan, etc.

1. Postal mail

Send letters addressed as follows:

[Name] (rider, etc)
[Team or Company name]
Tour de France/Dynapost
[Postal code] [Stage town]

Example:

Cadel Evans
BMC Racing Team
Tour de France/Dynapost
33000 Bordeaux
France

2. Online

Go to the Dynapost Tour de France site here.

You will need to enter your message, your name ("Expediteur"), your email address ("Mail de l'expediteur"), the recipient ("Destinataire"), their team or company name ("Equipe ou societe"), optionally their location at the Tour (for teams/riders, select "Equipe/Coureur" from drop-down list), their function at the Tour (for example: rider or directeur sportif) ("Fonction de votre contact sur le tour") and optionally their cell phone #.  Finally, click the Send button ("Envoyer").  Again, the Dynapost TDF site is here.