Photographer's Note

Today, July 4, stage four of the Tour de France, takes the riders through the pretty seaside town of Fcamp, in Haute Normandie. In fact, an intermediate sprint race will be held in the town as part of the stage from Abbeville to Rouen.

I uploaded a photo from Fcamp nearly two years ago, and since then only two more have appeared on TE; it appears not to have the magnetism for tourists as the nearby Honfleur or Etretat. On the day this was taken - the day of the Summer Solstice - the townsfolk were celebrating their Summer Festival. In the background on the right is the gothic tower of the 16th century church of St-Etienne. This active fishing town can also boast that it is the home of the famous Benedictine, produced and bottled in the Palais de Benedictine.

My official Tour de France guide, which I study with diligence each evening, tells me the riders will engage in the sprint in Fcamp at about 1.40pm, Melbourne time. I'll be watching on TV. As I type this, the stage has already started, and the citizens of Fcamp will no doubt be seeking their viewing positions by the roadside. It's hard to believe the sleepy seaside port shown in this photo will be filled with the frenetic activity of the race, and the rushing, whirring sound of the peloton surging through the streets.

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