Mont Ventoux casts shadow on 2017 Tour de France despite absence from route | Richard Williams

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The Giant of Provence may only glower in the distance this time but 50 years after Tom Simpson died close to the summit many will be thinking of him

The riders of the Tour de France will not be required to climb the Mont Ventoux this year but they will find themselves unable to escape its shadow. Some time in the afternoon of Friday 21 July, while pedalling through the vineyards and lavender fields of the Vaucluse, they will glance over to their right and see the Giant of Provence glowering in the distance.

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