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Jul. 16, 2013
Tour de France Stage 16, Vaison La Romaine to Gap

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.

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Here we are already at stage 16 from the postcard beautiful Vaison La Romaine to Gap, a “lumpy” stage made for breakaways. That’s if you’ve still got two functioning legs.

Tour de France Stage 16

Who might win that stage was not the first thing on my mind this morning—besides the need for coffee. It was, can I stay in the artisan town of Apt for the rest of my life? How much would I have to raise my kids’ allowance to get them to green-light my crazy plan?

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Jul. 14, 2013
Tour de France Stage 14

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.

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The 100th birthday of the Tour de France is turning out to be a surprise party. I haven’t seen so many twists and turns and reversals of fortune. Just when you thought the battle for the maillot jaune was over, it wasn’t, then it was, then it wasn’t.

Tour de France Stage 14

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Jul. 11, 2013
Tour de France Stage 12 - Fougeres to Tours

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.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

Let’s talk about lunch.

Lunch, Stage 10

The mid-day meal is perhaps a good way to understand the magnitude and beauty and joy of the Tour de France.

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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.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

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.

tdf stage 9 3

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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Jul. 8, 2013
Tour de France Journal - Rest Day

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.

Follow Matt’s Tweets, photos and posts live.

Rest day.

Okay, rest day seems silly if you aren’t a pro rider one week into tackling the grandest grand tour of them all, the Tour de France.

I mean, it’s not like I’ve been battling in Corsica, riding a team time trial in Nice and then hammering—or being hammered—in two monster stages in the Pyrenees.

rest day 1

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