Just 24 hours after the 2014 Tour presentation in Paris, race director Jean-Francois Pescheux and a number of Tour stars landed in Tokyo for the Tour presentation number two but it was the Badger, Bernard Hinault who stole the show. Pez-Fan Graham Davis was there to see it first-hand.
It’s that Badger again, clad in a yellow skinsuit to remind us that he won last year, it looks like the D-Day invasion fleet behind him, the cars and motorbikes raise a huge cloud of dust and waste paper as they roar past in a sonic boom of air horns and exhausts.
Memories of the Tour de France take on lives of their own, and nothing compares to the impressions of seeing the roadside action with your own eyes. In 1985, our Ed Hood drove 800 miles through the night to see just one stage of le Tour, but it seems like yesterday…