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Tour de France and…

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Ten Things We Love About France


It’s that time of year again, when we incline our heads towards La Belle France, rekindle our three week long love affair with cycling and relish the unraveling scandals of the cycling world.


The 100th Tour de France began on Saturday, haring through the magnificent countryside of Corsica from Porto Vecchio, through Bonifacio to Bastia. The first time ever that Le Tour has visited this French island outpost. Today it’s Ajaccio to Calvi, then on to Nice tomorrow for the Team Time Trials, a short 25km sprint, taking in the famous Promenade des Anglais on the waterfront. Speeds are expected to average 35 miles an hour – that’s average – and the team’s time will be taken when the last rider crosses the line.




It’s just a few days into this mega 21day event that still has 3,000km to play out, featuring 4 summit finishes, including two slogs up Alpe d’Huez in just one day. Bradley Wiggins may be out of Team Sky and the running, due to a knee injury but there’s hope for Chris Froome who seems happy to have the weight of Wiggo’s ambitions lifted from his shoulders making room for his own. But does he have the strong team he needs? Is this the end of Team Sky’s dominance?


Cycling is a savage sport that sets up in-team rivalries like no other. Wiggins and Froome are notorious for their sparring, here’s what Froome had to say in The Express about Wiggo ahead of the race:


“I would not say the leadership issue has been stressful, but it has been a pain in the neck. We’ve got clarity within the team now. I have ticked all the boxes and I am in fantastic shape to go for the yellow jersey.”


Depending on your appetite for Shakespearian drama it’s almost a relief that we’re spared the Coq fighting antics of those two, but feathers may well fly in Team BMC, the US lot, where leader Cadel Evans has to contend with Tejay van Garderen. Last year van Garderen won the young rider’s White Jersey and came fifth overall in Le Tour, beating Evans seventh place – and he’s not shy about his ambitions for this year.


Throw in the odd doping scandal, crashes, the fight to death of the Sprinters, the Green Jersey, the polka-dot Mountain Jersey and the edge of your seat will become a familiar place.


Ooh la la!


And whilst we’re at it, here are…..


Ten Things We Love about France:


10         Vanessa Paradis – You’ve got to love her, even if Johnny Depp doesn’t.


9           Cheese – Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Chevre – stinky but in a good way.


8            Pan Bagnat – famous sarnie from Nice with egg and anchovies. Yum. Recipe here.


          Croissants – on a Saturday morning? I can’t recall the last time I had a bacon buttie.


6            Suntans – we can all thank Coco Chanel for making tanned skin fashionable.


The Tusker top from Dubarry brings a touch of Riveria style to the British Coast with it's Bardot curves and classic Breton stripes.

Mais, oui! It’s the Tusker top from Dubarry looking all Breton, and French, and lovely.


5            Breton jumpers – oh, look here’s one we sell from Dubarry….


4            Brigitte Bardot – despite the mad cat loving stuff.


3            Le Marseillaise – now that’s a national anthem!


          French wine – Chateaux Margot, Sancerre, Chateau Lafite Rothschild – say no more.


          Le Tour de France!


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