Journal du Tour de France: Sunflowers are dying and wolves will kill us all, long live Le Tour!


“The wolf is killing us” read the messages painted on the tarmac in Hautes-Alpes as the peloton traveled through the first week of the Tour de France 2020.

These scribbles were not considered sufficiently political or sufficiently related to Macron to be complemented with orange paint by race officials, who scour the route in search of profanity before the peloton arrives.

Wolves were common in France before almost dying in the 1930s, then experiencing a resurgence in the decade before the turn of the millennium. Although there are only about 400 in the whole country, they slaughter cattle is a particular irritant for farmers, despite the state reimbursing them well above the market rate for their animals. .

This sort of irrational protest fits perfectly into the illogical nature of the Tour de France.

Other banners along the route cry out for the success of Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe, the generous repetition of their name in chalk weighs them down on the road as it is supposed to uplift them. Pinot falls to the back of the pack and when French television takes a commercial break, the first advertisement is for back pain medication.


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