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July 4th is going to be a pretty busy day in Aix with thousands descending on the town to see the departure of the cyclists on their etage of 175km to Montpellier.  Most of the primary schools are being closed as will many of the roads in centre ville. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend as well as 2269 journalists.  At least its great news for the local hotels with 1756 beds in the département booked.

The ‘Caravane’ of sponsors’ vehicles sets off on its parade lap at 11:00, then leaves the official departure line at 11:20 to make its way along the route dispensing freebies and entertaining the waiting crowds.  This year there will be 300 vehicles and 23 articulated trucks in the convoy.

The ‘Peloton’ of cyclists leave at 13:00 for their parade lap round town, then the real race starts at 13:20.  They will be in Eguilles at 13:22 –  2 minutes to get to Eguilles!

If you want to know more about the minute-by-minute schedules for each day the cyclists are in Provence, you should arm yourself with tour bookthe new hors-series from La Provence which is on sale at kiosks for 2,80€. 

In addition it has lots of interviews with local cyclists and focuses on ‘le Géant de Provence’ – Mont Ventoux.  At 1912m, it is one of the big climbs of Le Tour and has a fearsome reputation.  Aixcentric fils cycled up there on Saturday, then halfway down, met some buddies and cycled back up! 

I think that deserves a  …..enjeux_maillot_jaune

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