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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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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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