4:30 am came and went and no Le Tour de France was streaming live. Instead, some NASCAR-like British auto race was blaring away. Still auto racing at 5:00, 5:30, 5:45. At about 5:47, they award the gold-plated cup and switched to Le Tour de France.
The only thing was, that by 5:47 am (that's about 1:47 pm Leran time) Le Tour had just passed through Leran. That's right, when live action streaming joined Le Tour, the peleton was about 2 km past Leran.
When we arrived in Denver for our flight to France a few weeks after Le Tour, we learned from Doug's sister Peggy that their dedicated cable TV channel (VERSUS) also denied the entire United States from seeing Le Tour de France in Leran.
It is only because of our good Leranaise friend, Julian Gray, that we can imagine the excitement in the village that day. He hauled his step ladder over to the corner across from le boulangerie, climbed to the top for a bird's-eye view, and clicked away.
Thank you, Julian, for documenting an historic moment.