Stage 10: Bazas - Pau 147 km
The sprinters know that they must make the most of this stage - tomorrow
the mountains of the
Pyrenees loom. The riders will set off from the Place
de la Sean Jean Cathedrale. Once again the town is full of excitement as
the Tour hits town. The town is famous for its cattle and in the past the
herders used stilts to watch their herds over the surrounding flat
countryside - expect to see traditional stilt dancers at the start of the
Interesting to see the preparations the town has made for the Tour.
Visit their excellent web site
This is how the preparations for the day are planned:
Installation of the Tour Village Cathedral square starting from 19h Tuesday July 16.
Installation of the safety fences (more than 1000!)
Arrival of the advertising caravan which will be parked
at Allées de
10h0: Opening of the Tour Village
11h00: Arrival of the Riders (22 cars plus the cars of the sporting
12h20: Departure of the advertising caravan
13h45: Announcement of the riders
14h05: Official departure
All the afternoon:
Celebrations in the square, music, folklore, etc
Meal and dancing in the square
Of course, the riders will be unaware of the celebrations they have
caused and will be heading down
to Pau - to see the stage profile visit
Pau is often visited by the Tour - being either the gateway to or
from the Pyrenees - the town website has a webcam - which may be worth
looking at today to see the effects of the tour on the town -visit
first held a stage in 1930 (Stage winner: Alfredo Binda) and for the
last time in 1999 (Stage winner: David Etxebarria).
Daily Peloton?s Stage Prediction
The main contenders will be considering the mountains that loom - and
the sprinters will know this is one of their last chances for glory - the
inevitable breakaway will pulled back by the sprinters. With Both Tom
Steels and Jan Kirsipuu in national colours expect to see battle Royale
with the man from Estonia taking the
The AG2R team looks like
be: Christophe Agnolutto (Fra),
Botcharov (Rus), Inigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa), Andy Flickinger (Fra),
Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), Christophe Oriol (Fra) , Laurent Paumier (Fra),
Ludovic Turpin (Fra) - the Spainish rider Chaurreau will be their main
Fictive - Départ Réel":
The streets are usually too narrow to
give a mass-start. The racers therefore parade after a "fictive start" in
good order through the city streets, with the leaders in front line.
When the bunch gets out of the city and the street
enlarges, the race
director, standing in his traditional convertible red car, waves a white
flag with the word DEPART [start] in capitals and underscored. The sponsor
logo turns out to be on two poles with fixed cloth constructions on the side
of the road, marking the imaginary line where the director should wave the
flag this is the Départ Réel.
During the 2nd World War the
Tour de France did actually do
best to continue.
In 1942 the Circuit de France and in 1943 and ?44 the Grand Prix du Tour de France kept the tradition alive. In 1946 Guilo
Bresci won the Pau stage of the Ronde de France (a peace time race but
suffering from the effects of
war) and another stage victory saw him take
the overall too. Giuilo Bresci carried on as a professional after the war
years and won two stages of the Tour of Switzerland and a stage in the Giro
So a small tribute to a
"Tour de France"
winner in such difficult
times - Giuilo Bresci!