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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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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 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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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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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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Nine Men Stay Away For The Day

Stage 3, Lille to Rouen, 294, some hills but mostly flat and unchallenging, a day for the breakaway

ChaptersThe Breakaway That Got AwayThree Virtual Yellow JerseysClassement The Breakaway The Got Away Yesterday, the combination of De Bruyne and Mallejac dug in deep for what, 43 seconds? Anyone tempted to break away while André Darrigade is directing the peloton knows that you need more than a handful of men, and you need more than […]

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A Man in a Hurry, or the Rise of André Darrigade, routier-sprinter  

Stage 1, 5th July 1956, Reims to Liège, mostly flat until the stage reaches Liège, overcast at the start

ChaptersUnder A Cloud Le Depart And That Left Three Men Classement Under a cloud André Darrigade has the look of a man brought up under a burning sun. Stocky, square-jawed, sun-tanned and – usually – of bright disposition, Darrigade is France’s great sprinting hope. Some would say (André included) that he’s more than that. They’d […]

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