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François Bégaudeau, spent his childhood in Nantes. He is a journalist and a writer. In 2006, he won the France Culture/Télérama Prize for his 3rd novel, “Entre Les Murs”. It was adapted for the cinema and the film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
“If you typed the word “Nantes”, my mental Google search engine would bring up 4,000 entries. If you typed “Tour de France”, you would achieve the same result. However, if you typed “Nantes & Tour de France”, only two entries would be left.
The first entry: in 1981 or 1982, a Tour Hinault was competing. He rode past just in front of me. He was so close that if I had not had the reflex to remove my arm at the last minute, which was stretched over the grey barrier just in front of the nose of the future champion, Hinault would have crashed headlong into it. A mirage passed by, in both senses of the word: it was an optical illusion which travelled at the speed of the supersonic airplane of the same name, but I was happy. I was happy and proud to have helped Nanar.
The second entry: in ‘98 or ‘99. There was a team time trial: I watched it from a friend’s second floor bedsit, with a perfect view of the “Rue Louis Blan”, in very comfortable surroundings drinking beers and smoking Marlboro cigarettes. It was a great deal better than twenty years earlier. And even so, I quickly became tired of the time trial. A colourful group went by and then two and three of them and I was already moving back from the window to sit down on the sofa where I continued to watch the time trial on TV, barely glance from the window when Laurent Jalabert’s Once team went by. Maybe growing old means becoming less enthusiastic about the race, year after year. I don’t want to believe that.”