- Jul. 10, 2013
- Tour de France Stage 9 to Saint Malo
Blame an attractive high school French teacher and early exposure to the films of Francois Truffaut for Matt Walsh’s francophile tendencies. Then later came bike racing and watching the grandest race of all, the Tour de France. So as a freelance writer, there’s pretty much no place he’d rather be than in France on the race routes of Le Tour. It’s always an adventure that goes full-gas.
It was a fun day driving to the walled port town of Saint Malo. Once a pirate town, now host to 190 or so really skinny guys in lycra with fast bikes.
I learned my rudimentary French in Brittany many years ago so I have a fondness for the region. Like the Basques in Spain, the Bretons are tough, hard-working and down to earth. Those character traits served Berhard Hinault well—he won five Tours de France.
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