Tour de France

Luxembourg minister embarks on French bike tour

2019-07-26 19:48
Cycling (File)

Luxembourg - As cycling fans followed the Tour de France's progress through the Alps on Friday, Luxembourg's septuagenarian foreign minister pedalled off in the opposite direction on his latest solo jaunt.

Despite having been in intensive care as a result of a fall as recently as June, and record high temperatures in western Europe, Jean Asselborn left the Grand Duchy bound for Provence's iconic Mont Ventoux.

"I'm a little worried about the storms forecast for tomorrow, but otherwise it should be be OK," the veteran diplomat texted cheerfully to AFP from the route.

On his Facebook page, however, Asselborn's enthusiasm was a little more nuanced, and he admitted that the route chosen for his fifth annual tour is ambitious and will be a test for his powers of recovery.

"We'll see in the next few days whether the risk can be managed," he wrote. In June, he spent several days in hospital - admittedly while taking a meeting with UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi - after a fall.

Before Mont Ventoux, the scene of epic uphill battles in the professional race, Asselborn's Tour De France will take him through Champagne country, up the Massif Central and south to the Vaucluse and le Gard.

Read more on:    luxembourg  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy



What do you enjoy most about the Tour de France?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.