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Les ”Forçats de la Route” comme les appelait Albert Londres, ce sont ces cyclistes du début du vingtième siècle qui ont fait du Tour de France un véritable mythe ! Mais derrière ces légendes, il y avait des hommes avec leurs forces et leurs faiblesses dont le chemin est  jalonné d’anecdotes des plus savoureuses !

Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne by Circle of Philippe de Champaigne. Turenne, was a French Marshal General and the most illustrious member of the La Tour d’Auvergne family. Born to a Huguenot family, Turenne learned his military skills in Dutch service during the Eighty Years’ War. Turenne initially supported the Fronde but returned to Royal service in 1651, emerging as France’s foremost general by defeating the rebellious army of the Prince of Condé on the outskirts of Paris and re-occupying the city. During the War of Devolution in 1667 Turenne captured the Spanish Netherlands practically without resistance.

In 1672 the French invaded the Dutch Republic and the Marshal General conquered the country up to Amsterdam. Frederick Henry of Nassau, who succeeded his brother Maurice as Stadtholder and Prince of Orange in 1625, gave Turenne a captaincy in 1626. Cardinal Richelieu at once made him colonel of an infantry regiment. In 1642 he served as second-in-command of the French troops which conquered Roussillon.