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Etienne in Tod for Tour assignment and likes what he has seen

Janet Rooney, whose family and French guests were among a large party walking over the moor from Mankinholes to Cragg Vale to watch the big race, said fancy dress was order of the day - as this great picture shows

Janet Rooney, whose family and French guests were among a large party walking over the moor from Mankinholes to Cragg Vale to watch the big race, said fancy dress was order of the day - as this great picture shows

French journalist Etienne Millien stayed with friends in Todmorden while on assignment when the Tour De France came to Calderdale.

Etienne, accompanied by his English-born wife Susanah and their children Noah and Sammy, stayed with the Rooney family at Harvelin Park. The Rooneys have a French home next door to Etienne in Bergerac, where the Tour will make its penultimate stage.

He works for large regional 250,000 copies a day newspaper Le Sud Ouest and filed an assignment on how Yorkshire had welcomed Le Tour.

On Sunday Etienne and his hosts - many in French fancy dress - hiked over from Mankinholes to Cragg Vale to cheer the riders on and later enjoyed a barbecue.

Etienne said the Tour organisers would not have been in doubt Yorkshire would do it justice.

“The Tour knew exactly what they were doing - we know they do not do things by chance but they got more than they expected, with supporters crowding the roads with just enough room for the cyclists to get through - like it was in France 15 years ago.

“People have been extremely friendly and I like the community spirit that has run across the valley,” he said.

 

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