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Stage 10: In the bread maker’s house

09/07/2013
The second week of the Tours has started and we have arrived to the area of Bretagne, home to French cycling, of great champions like Hinault or Bobet (the bread maker of Saint Mèen) and of Sojasun.  The passion for this sport in Brittany lands is only comparable to that existing in Belgium or in the Basque Country and that is noticed in races crowded with enthusiastic people.  Seeing how the people are supportive with the "route sloggers" applauding their local racers but also those that are practically unknown.
Stage 10: In the bread maker’s house

There are many children dreaming of one day participating in the most important race of the world and therefore the respect and admiration is maximum towards all.  Today the wind was a big worry and has blown throughout practically all the stage, sometimes laterally, others against the cyclists, and others in their favour but this has not been deciding in the final development, although the weakest have been incapable of following the vertiginous rhythm at the last part of the race from the teams of sprinters that wanted to situate their fast men as best as possible.

BartalAs I said before, we are in “Sojasun territory” and therefore we saw quite clearly that our people had to see us up front.  We received the visit of the sponsor and that means a plus of responsibility for all but once again the team has been at the height of the circumstances.  We have been main characters in practically all the stages of race and today with we had more reason to be.  Julien Simon is from Brittany, he had friends and family on the roadside and he joined an escapade together with another four courageous men during 190 kilometres in the lead of the race, being absorbed at five from the finish line.  To dream is very nice and free and we wanted to think that the escapade could win but being sincere, the large group had the race controlled and it was a wild fancy to think they could arrive in solitude.  A pity, because our man was the fastest of the five and had many options of winning, but the dictatorship of the sprinters is difficult to break.  In spite of all we are very satisfied of how our cyclists are responding, especially with Julien Simon that is taking a step forward and who during the first days arrive at just one miserable second form taking the yellow jersey.  We have shot a couple of times at the post and we will still look for goal.

10Throughout the stage today, we have passed through Saint Mèen le Grand, birthplace of Louison Bobet, first cyclist to win the Tour three consecutive times in the years 53, 54 and 55. He was known as “The bread maker form Saint Mèen” because that was his juvenile profession but he knew quite well he had to be a cyclist.  An arrogant man, very proud and respected he was one of the first to seriously take the mechanical part of his bicycle into consideration and tried to introduce some innovations.  He was a great idol in his country and a very complete racer as, besides his three victories in the French tour, he won the world championship in 1954 and some of the most important classics like the Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, Tour de Flandes or Giro de Lombardia.   The hardest moment of his track-record was when he had to abandon the Tour due to exhaustion.  He was so proud that he asked for a cap from a journalist because he was ashamed that all the people that had acclaimed him as winner would now see him overcome and dejected.  I had the occasion of getting to know Louison at the beginning of the 80s in Biarritz, where he later died, and sometimes we met on Sundays to go cycling.  His brother cam with us, Jean Bobet, and is a great friend of mine.  He was a famous cyclist that won the Paris-Nice and later was a well-known journalist of L’Equipe, author of several books.  Many times we remember how important was Louison Bobet for the French, probably one of the mediatised of history.

Throughout the stage today, we have passed through Saint Mèen le Grand, birthplace of Louison Bobet, first cyclist to win the Tour three consecutive times in the years 53, 54 and 55. He was known as “The bread maker form Saint Mèen” because that was his juvenile profession but he knew quite well he had to be a cyclist.  An arrogant man, very proud and respected he was one of the first to seriously take the mechanical part of his bicycle into consideration and tried to introduce some innovations.  He was a great idol in his country and a very complete racer as, besides his three victories in the French tour, he won the world championship in 1954 and some of the most important classics like the Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, Tour de Flandes or Giro de Lombardia.   The hardest moment of his track-record was when he had to abandon the Tour due to exhaustion.  He was so proud that he asked for a cap from a journalist because he was ashamed that all the people that had acclaimed him as winner would now see him overcome and dejected.  I had the occasion of getting to know Louison at the beginning of the 80s in Biarritz, where he later died, and sometimes we met on Sundays to go cycling.  His brother cam with us, Jean Bobet, and is a great friend of mine.  He was a famous cyclist that won the Paris-Nice and later was a well-known journalist of L’Equipe, author of several books.  Many times we remember how important was Louison Bobet for the French, probably one of the mediatised of history.

 

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