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Operation Lose The Yellow Jersey

Stage 10, Bordeaux to Bayonne, undulating but mostly flat ahead of the Pyrenees stages

ChaptersHard Men In The RainBienvenue chez les DarrigadeNo Fairytale in BayonneClassement SoundtrackL’Orage, Georges Brassens Hard Men In The Rain 201km to cover, and the weather has turned. Bordeaux is wet, and every rider bar one is wearing their transparent rain jackets. That rider is the Breton tricolore Francois Mahé. The man from Morbihan isn’t even […]

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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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