Today’s stage looks to show respect to “the oldest bike race”, namely the 1223 km Paris-Brest-Paris. Nowadays, PBP is an amateur affair which is held every four years and attracts a field of around 5,000 riders from over 30 countries.
The event has a special atmosphere >> PBP account.
Stage 7 joins the PBP route at the picturesque village of Lassay-les-Chateaux, with the Tour stage finishing at Fougeres, which features as a food/stamp control on PBP at the 305 km and 915 km mark. It is a lovely rolling section of the route, made famous in the 2011 PBP by a blistering solo attack from the Wattmeister which briefly improved his on-the-road position from 3,296th to 3,294th, before he was overtaken by the rider in 3,295th place.
Watch out for the two hamlets of Ambrieres and Gorron which are also passed through on this stretch of road. The mayor of Gorron often stands roadside playing the trumpet at all hours of the day and night during PBP (unless it is raining). It’s nice to know that the riders are not alone in being bonkers. Always slightly out of tune, this has the desired effect of speeding the riders on their way.
Maybe he will similarly honour the Tour today.