Jean Asselborn's Tour de France
(CS/DS) Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is known to be a cycling enthusiast, with the politician giving Facebook users an insight into his summer tour through the south of France.
Rather than a relaxing beach holiday, Asselborn chose a cycling trip through the Provence region for his summer vacation this year. The trip kicked off on August 1 and the minister travelled some 1,400 kilometres by bike in the following two weeks, with the tour coming to a close on Monday in Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt.
One of the highlights of the trip was Friday's stage, which saw Asselborn climb Mont Ventoux, starting in Sault. The average grade of the mountain for cyclists is 7.6 percent with a final height of just under two kilometres. The start is at a height of around 280 metres.
While Asselborn's summer cycling trips are a staple in the politican's annual calendar, for the first time this year he is allowing the public a glimpse into his tour through the Jang TdF Facebook account.
Even though the account is private, the photos posted are public, showing the Foreign Minister's gear and stop from along the way. A map shows the stops along the way.
In his final post, Asselborn revealed that he had covered 1,393.38 kilometres, with 55 hours and 42 minutes spent on his bike. The Foreign Minister navigated 9,826 metres of altitude and burned 23,462 calories, based on stats collected during the ride.
Asselborn shares his passion for cycling with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently took a fall and broke his leg while cycling near Geneva in Switzerland.
During a joint press conference in Washington DC on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in July 2014, Kerry had remarked that he is looking forward to the Luxembourg EU presidency. “We have a lot to talk about, and I look forward to it,” Kerry said, adding: “And we actually are both very enthusiastic cyclists.”
The Secretary of State commented he's looking forward on going for a bike ride with Asselborn, with the Luxembourg Foreign Minister chiming in that this would have to take place in the Grand Duchy.
It is not known whether the colleagues have already enjoyed a joint ride.