Tour de France 2020

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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Chris Green » 20 Sep 2020, 08:23

The final day of the Tour starts 50 km/30 miles West of Paris at Mantes-la-Jolie. Mantes was not a lucky place for kings. In 1087 King William I (the Conqueror) was injured while attacking the place and died soon after at Rouen. The French KIng Philip II Augustus also died here in 1223. The town is well-known to many art lovers as the subject of many paintings by 19th century artists, not least Corot.

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The arms of Mantes-la-Jolie.

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Blazon: Mi-parti, au premier d'azur à la fleur de lys d'or, au second d'or au chêne arraché de sinople englanté du champ.


Mantes is in the Département of Yvelines which was created in 1968 when the former Département of Seine-et-Oise was split into three. Somehow Yvelines inherited the arms of the former Département unaltered. The arms are France Ancient over which two wavy bends represent the rivers Seine and Oise.

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Blazon: D’azur semé de fleurs de lys d’or aux deux bandes ondées d’argent brochant sur le tout.


Heading eastwards towards Versailles the riders pass through the Commune of Saint-Cyr-l'École, where the military academy founded by Napoleon was situated from 1808-1945

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Blazon: D'argent à la croix haussée d'azur semée de fleurs de lys d'or, fleurdelysée du même et sommée d'une couronne royale d'or, accostée en pointe de deux shakos de Saint-Cyrien affrontés au naturel.


The crowned cross was supposedly the badge of a school founded at Saint Cyr in 1684 by King Louis XIV at the request of his mistress Madame de Maintenon.

I note that the emblazonment here shows a suspiciously English-looking crown. The unusual charges that flank the cross are képis with shako plumes nicknamed "casoars" (the plumes were first used in 1855, the same year as cassowary birds came to Paris Zoo - though the plumes were not made of cassowarys' feathers).
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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Chris Green » 20 Sep 2020, 18:24

So the race is over and the winner is ..... Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia, a mere child of 21 years 364 days (someone is going to have a very happy birthday tomorrow!). He comes from Komenda in Upper Carniola. Komenda was once a Knights' Hospitaller fief, hence the name and the escutcheon in the town's arms.

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Blazon: Or, a Chevron Sable between three Lozenges Gules, in chief on an Escutcheon Gules a Maltese Cross Argent crowned Sable.
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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Iain Boyd » 20 Sep 2020, 22:39

Dear Chris,

Thank you for another very interesting heraldic trip round France.

It is just as well that the route for the Tour de France is varied from year to year.

Regards.

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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Chris Green » 21 Sep 2020, 06:42

It is just as well that the route for the Tour de France is varied from year to year.


But think of all the hours of work I could have saved! :roll:
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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 21 Sep 2020, 06:54

As always, an interesting and educational tour de force!
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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Iain Boyd » 21 Sep 2020, 21:58

But think of all the hours of work I could have saved!


True, Chris, but you would not have had as much fun!

Many thanks,

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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Chris Green » 22 Sep 2020, 06:45

True, Chris, but you would not have had as much fun!


Pedalling up all those heraldic tremonts and round all those bends wavy, past all those castles and bridges? Tiring doesn't begin to describe it. :mrgreen:
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Re: Tour de France 2020

Postby Terry Baldwin » 22 Sep 2020, 17:41

Most excellent presentation. Enjoyable to all of us who cannot bicycle worth a dam, much less race.
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