Tour de France in the Morbihan, Bretagne!

Well this is a race that many years ago was not known to me, and once got the bug for France in 1990 …. the family I married to was an avid follower of the race. So the story began, for the short of it, I am a fan, and followed it with the family to the Auvergne or the town of Pau to see the races over the years since. Another turning poing , we moved to Brittany in 2011.

This past Sunday, yesterday, was our baptism here. The tour de France 2015 was coming again to Brittany ,and this time again to the Morbihan, just too close to miss it. The 9 stage against the clock was run right on my usual route to work!!!! So we set up our bag and went on to see it. http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2015/us/stage-9.html

We knew it is popular, not only here but internationally as well, so the stages are all packed with people. The caravan was to start by 13h10 or 1:10pm and the first team of races were to follow by 15h10 or 3:10 pm in our post. I chose to come in by 11h and park in the city residential area for free and secured off rue Michelet in Saint Avé.  We walk down about 7 minutes to the giratoire de Beauregard or traffic circle of Beauregard on the road D126 intersection with the road D135 in Saint Avé. There is a beautiful castle there not open to the public only for weddings, events etc Chateau de Beauregard, http://chateau-de-beauregard-56.fr/

Here there were plenty of folks already but we found a nice spot right on the traffic circle on the side of the passing of the team trials or against the clock race. Lots of goodies to eat and folks to talk, and share all, even the souvenirs the caravan was throwing at the crowds. We stayed from 11h to 16h45….

As said, the caravan its all the sponsors of any kinds that comes in with a disneyaise show even Mickey was there!!! and then the road is prepare for the racers. As this was a team trial, they go out together as a team each on intervals of 5 minutes.

The call of order was Orica,Bretagne-Séché, Lampre, FDJ,Europcar,Bora,Lotto,IAM,MTN-Qhubeka,Lotto Soudal,Trek,Astana,Cannondale,Cofidis,Katusha,Movistar,Giant,AGéR La Mondiale,Etixx,Tinkoff,BMC,and Sky. Needeless to say BMC won it over Sky.

My favorites were Lotto Soudal with Tony Gallopin, Giant with Warren Baguil, Tinkoff with Alberto Contador, Movistar with Alejandro Valverde, BMC with Tejay van Garderen, Katusha with Joaquin “perico” Rodriguez.

The entire day was fun for the whole family and was able to get back in town many times stop for bread and such this time there was even the Sunday morning market! Now keep up with the race as it winds thru France.

The first 15 so far are

1. GBRFROOME Christopher 31 TEAM SKY 31h 34′ 12”
2. USAVAN GARDEREN Tejay 61 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 24” + 00′ 12”
3. BELVAN AVERMAET Greg 68 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 39” + 00′ 27”
4. SVKSAGAN Peter 47 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 34′ 50” + 00′ 38”
5. ESPCONTADOR Alberto 41 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 35′ 15” + 01′ 03”
6. COLURAN URAN Rigoberto 118 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 35′ 30” + 01′ 18”
7. ESPVALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 59 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 02” + 01′ 50”
8. GBRTHOMAS Geraint 39 TEAM SKY 31h 36′ 04” + 01′ 52”
9. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 51 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
10. CZESTYBAR Zdenek 116 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
11. FRAGALLOPIN Tony 71 LOTTO-SOUDAL 31h 36′ 13” + 02′ 01”
12. CZEKREUZIGER Roman 44 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 36′ 30” + 02′ 18”
13. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 31h 36′ 34” + 02′ 22”
14. FRABARGUIL WARREN 82 TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 31h 36′ 55” + 02′ 43”
15. NEDGESINK Robert 131 TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 31h 37′ 04” + 02′ 52”

And the next race is on to Tarbes to Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10. tomorrow been 14 July National Day here (Bastille day) is a holiday ! so enjoy the races. Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint AvéCheers

 

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