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Friday, July 02, 2010

Le Tour is upon us.

Well, now that the Footballers have come home and Andy Murray's bowed out, our next sporting challenge - arguably the greatest of them all - is the Tour De France.
This year we have the British Team Sky led by Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins - fourth last year - looks to be our best chance for years (I know they said that about England and Andy) so let's get behind him.
We've also got Mark Cavendish - the fastest man on the planet last year who already has 10 stage wins under his belt - he could be wearing the green.
Eight British riders in total.
Forget the World Cup - the Greatest Show on Earth is about to unfold.
What has this to do with jazz I hear you ask?
Nothing except Le Tour is, in sporting terms, like an extended composition by Ellington or John Warren - varied terrain with the Sound of Surprise. It's an arrangement by Gil Evans travelling through pastoral countryside and rugged mountains - Sketches of Spain. It's Bird flying, it's Lee Morgan dying, it's Sinatra singing I Guess I'll Have to Change my Plan, it's Bessie 's Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, it's Gonsalves at Newport, it's jazz on wheels - oh so many wheels.
Like Jazz, Le Tour is emotional But Beautiful.
The above photo shows Derek Fleck, myself (wearing Le Maillot Jaune) and Brian Chester in training some years back.
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

Hi Lance

Be honest, the photo clearly shows the trio before or after a ''training session'' - ie. a few pints in the Porthole!

Russell

. said...

They don't look legless to me.

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