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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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Hassen-le-Magnifique

Stage 9 - La Rochelle to Bordeaux, undulating but mostly a flat, preparatory stage ahead of the rest day and the Pyrenees

ChaptersYellow, Not WalkowiakA Dutch EscapeHassen AttacksBobet and GemClassement SoundtrackLa Mauvaise Reputation, Georges Brassens Yellow, Not Walkowiak There’s the yellow jersey! Look – it’s the yellow jersey! The peloton rolls out of La Rochelle and still hardly anybody knows the name of Roger Walkowiak. Or at least, hardly anyone can pronounce Walkowiak. Still, he’s just keeping […]

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Why do they have to go so fast?

Stage 8 - Angers to La Rochelle, 180km, a flat stage, and an opportunity for journalists to reminisce

ChaptersThe Good Old DaysAdmire the Ponts-de-CéMiguel and the Hat-trickAllez, GégèneClassement Soundtrack Les Désespérés, Jacques Brel The Good Old Days There are those around le Tour who miss those days where the riders would roll along at 30km per hour. Andre Leducq, French legend and multiple Tour winner, is one such man. Why do they have […]

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The Yellow Jersey, the Level Crossing, and the Invisible Man

Stage 6, 192km, St. Malo to Lorient, undulating but generally a day for the breakaway

ChaptersMonsieur Allard’s Slight MiscalculationThe ReactionThe Coming TogetherClassement SoundtrackEmmenez-moi, Charles Aznavour Monsieur Allard’s Slight Miscalculation Monsieur Allard has had a quiet Tour thus far. The Head of the Tour de France organising committee received a visit last night from the Spanish team director who complained vigorously about the St. Malo velodrome, which he claimed was responsible […]

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