As we all know, yesterday's neutralized stage began in Le Puy en valay. This is kind of off topic but on a lighter note, to maybe take our minds off all this tragedy momentarily. The one thing that's noteable about that town, for me anyways is its notoriety among the inlaws. My inlaws have another son, who is kind of a moron, and his spouse is french, and she hails from guess-where! Le Puy en Valay! She's also a dull-witted, pasty-skinned, straggly haired, overbred french aristocrat, and from what I understand her whole family is like that. Essentially, she's a dumb hick, but she has a pulse, which is enough for Dave and so they're together. But my inlaws think she's made of gold him). They're just fascinated with the fact that she's from FRANCE, which in their mind makes her superhuman, and they never fail at any opportunity to bring up LE PUY EN VALAY, and the family's CHATEAU (which they've visited). Just mention Europe and somehow, LE PUY EN VALAY comes up, and out come the photos and maps and the entire occasion ends up being about Miss Le Puy. So with Paris nice, I had a feeling that her family would tell her about the stage and we'd hear all about YOu know what. But none of them follow sports much, and dave knows nothing about sports at all- he didn't even know who Lance Armstrong was. For us, this is something we follow because we like the sport, not because it has something to do with LE PUY EN VALAY! Anyways, with this terrible tragedy, I know now we'll end up hearing about it anyways, only this will be about the terrible risks of cycling or something like that. The funny thing about Miss Puy is that she used to cycle but refused to wear a helmet 'because I have too much hair', her words exactly, even though we've told her about the dangers, etc. Which is actually true, she has this straggly mop of hair that she refuses to cut or style. I'm like, okay, well it's not like there's much up there to protect, LOL. As for their bikes, they now sit rusting in our garage (we let them store them there), because since the kids they don't use them anymore anyways. So that's my little anecdote about Le Puy en Valay. Actually it sounds like a nice place, and if I'm not mistaken the tour did a stage there a few years ago, maybe 1996 or 1995.