Give blood… the Tour’s coming

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A reader sent in the above photo by email taken from the route of Stage 8 to Morzine. I’ll let them take over the story (I’ve edited the text for brevity):

I’m on holiday in the Alps… …the whole area is getting ready… …the route is being decorated. The village of Mieussy is being coloured red and white. See the attached photo with the colourful bikes parked all over the village. One thing caught my eye: the giant banner for blood donation. An unintentional coincidence, guess they are trying to take advantage of all the tourists in what’s normally a quiet area. But the idea of filling up blood bags on the eve of the race’s visit to the Alps has a tragic/comic aspect.

Thanks for the reader contribution.