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Gerard O'Regan


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Tour de France riders make their way from Lille to Arenberg Port du Hainaut in northern France yesterday. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Tour de France riders make their way from Lille to Arenberg Port du Hainaut in northern France yesterday. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Tour de France riders make their way from Lille to Arenberg Port du Hainaut in northern France yesterday. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Midsummer is upon us. How do we know? Well, those hours of TG4 commentary, recounting the deeds of mighty men on bikes traversing the French countryside, is a sign.

And “mighty” is the word for those with powers of mind and body to stay the course, kilometre after endless kilometre on the Tour de France.


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