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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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Brittany First

Stage 5, Caen to Saint Malo, 189km, a rolling stage through Normandy and Brittany countryside

ChaptersThe Doctor CallsGégène Serves The DrinksJoseph’s Ride HomeClassement SoundtrackBro gozh ma zadou, Traditional The Doctor Calls We are just four stages into this Tour de France, and the Tour physician, Dr. Dumas, has hardly slept. First of all, Fritz Schär, the Swiss ratagasse, is suffering from his injuries after a fall yesterday. An innocent slip […]

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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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