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Take Me Back to Montluçon

Stage 22, Montluçon to Paris, a long, flat stage - supposedly ceremonial

ChaptersLunch in the Heart of France (Almost)Twenty MenA Warm Welcome for WalkoClassement Lunch In The Heart of France (Almost) Bruère-Allichamps is the very heart of France. Its geographical centre. Like many towns of the region, it is a drive-through town. A place you stop if you’re unfortunate enough to run out of petrol, or if […]

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The Crash, The Bandit, The Pursuit

Stage 19, Grenoble to Saint-Etienne, including the climb of the Oeillon

Chapters ConjectureCometh The MomentThe ChaseTop Gun & BidotClassement Soundtrack La Chasse aux Papillons, Georges Brassens Conjecture While Walko has been having his doubts, there are others who – whisper it – are not convinced that he could, or even should, win the Tour de France. Some reasons: The man is a water-carrier who got lucky […]

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The Water Carrier, The Saviour, and The Protector

Stage 7, Lorient to Angers, 242km mostly flat and a day for the breakaway as the Tour heads south-east

Chapters Dreams of YellowDarrigade’s Nightmare ScenarioVirtual YellowThe Long WaitYou’ll Have To Lose That JerseyClassement Dreams of Yellow Has any Tour been approached at such a furious pace? The riders, heading east into the Loire valley today, may be forgiven for taking today’s stage at a slightly slower speed. The sun is shining, there’s barely a […]

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An Alsatian Among The Bretons, or "The Broken Pedal"

Stage 4, a stage split into two stages - a 15km hilly, challenging time trial and a flat 125km ride to Caen. 

Stage 4a – Time Trial – Circuit des Essarts, Rouen, 15.1kmStage 4b – Rouen to Caen, 125km Chapters An Alsatian Among The BretonsLandminesChristmasJust One Year AgoRebuilding His ReputationThe Broken PedalClassement An Alsatian Among The Bretons The keen observer would have noticed that Roger Hassenforder is riding for the Ouest team, which is to all intents […]

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