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Le Tour de France 2006 – Day 9: Stage 6, Lisieux – Vitré

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Much of the cynicism I have built-up about the commercialism and rampant ‘janitor-mentality’ of many of the officials on Le Tour de France 2006 evaporated on Friday as we drove the full race route from Lisieux to Vitré.

There’s still innocence and magic about the race — in these parts anyway — four and five hours before the race was due through there were thousands of people roadside. Every age group was represented, although it seems to be the old and the young who embrace the race most warmly.

Lisieux
En fête.

Early in the day it began to rain, there was no suggestion of not watching the race — brollies si