Tour de France: GC battle ready to reignite in Alpine double-header - Preview

On July 16, 1960, the entire Tour de France peloton ceased hostilities and wheeled to a stop in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises to acknowledge the President of France, Charles De Gaulle, who was standing among the spectators at the roadside. Ever since, it has become almost obligatory for France's heads of state to come and pay their respects to the moving fête nationale. In his first July in the Elysées Palace, Emmanuel Macron was hardly likely to miss out, and he is due to arrive on the Tour in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne on Wednesday afternoon, 75 kilometres from the finish of stage 17, the first part of an Alpine doubleheader.

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