The Bahrain raids just before the Tour bring back bad memories

When news broke of more Police raids on the homes of Bahrain Victorious riders it took me back, and not to a good place. In Strasbourg, 2006, I was standing watching the Tour de France team presentation as the riders were ferried to the stage in boats, having traveled along the French city’s canals in front of the crowds. But celebrations were muted, and everyone was tense.

Throughout the evening the sky turned ever darker; the storm clouds were gathering, both literally and figuratively. It felt like less a celebration of the riders and more like a walk, or float, of shame.

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