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  • Vincent

    Beautifully written and very poignant.

  • Nigel Dick

    I remember working at the Tour for the first time in 2008 and being astonished when the DS of the team I was working for handed out bottles and food to a rider from another team who had fallen behind on a tough mountain pass and looked to be struggling 2 cols from the end of the stage. The DS quietly offered words of encouragement and the rider accepted all of the gifts with grace. At the Prologue on the first day of the Tour everyone got on with their assigned tasks whether as riders or staff or press or organizers. By the third week – apart from those in contention at the front of the race – it felt as if everyone at the Tour was all on the same team hell bent on reaching Paris.

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  • ChinookPass

    Thanks Matt. I never heard anything about Rolland’s hand in the Pyrenees until Sunday. He was definitely pushing long past when others might have given in. Congrats to the survivors at Cannondale-Drapac.

  • jon

    I had tears in my eyes by the third paragraph.

  • lowlander

    Awesome as always.

  • lowlander

    Awesome as always.

  • yetanothergreenworld

    Two days ago a woman commented on Rolland’s Twitter page that her young son recently crashed his bike but then got back up and said to her, “I must be courageous like Pierre Rolland.”

  • Gabriel Constantin

    The kid deserves a better jurnalist’s photo!

  • jules

    Great stuff we should hear more of these stories.

  • Eat More Lard

    Just about the best thing I have read about the tour this year. Powerful and beautiful.

  • Push Bike Writer

    Beautiful words Matthew. Perfect.

  • wheelchaser

    Matthew pretty much said it all. I just wish these amazing athletes were better compensated. When you watch them you know it has to mean so much more than money.

  • David Bonnett

    Very nicely written – so much pain and determination behind the front of the race on every stage.

  • Andy B

    Rolland sounds like a very Tough Guy, Great insights, that’s one aspect of grand tours that fascinates me.. what goes on in the background
    so many individual stories and hard work going into the 3 weeks of racing

    It would be a great chance for someone to make a documentary following the lead up and stories of riders preparing for the biggest race of the year
    not the GC contenders, the guys riding to help, riding for a stage, or riding their first tour
    fascinating stuff :)

  • Travis George

    Great writing Matthew. I recommend everyone go back and read Matts writing from when was at Velonews. Great stuff.

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  • treb’

    totally agree with the previous comments, nice piece, émouvant !

  • Berne Shaw

    I like Rolland allot and have experienced the loyalty friendship and will and determination and the fair play. It is what real sport is all about.

    That said among us racers there is no celebrating another rider crashing regardless of ambition. One never takes delight in another’s misfortune.
    And winning comes from competition not another’s injury.

  • Will

    lovely piece

  • Flecko

    Too much bad luck for Pierre in this year´s Tour. Great words Matthew Beaudin.

  • Mickey McMook

    Beautifully over-written and very faux poignant.


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