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Tour de France: Will the French cyclists understand the Essex lingo? We help translate for them

A house in Shalford decorated ready for the Tour de France

A house in Shalford decorated ready for the Tour de France


With the Tour de France coming through Essex on Monday we’ve produced a guide to help the French cyclists understand what the crowd are shouting.


French is la langue maternelle (mother tongue) for international cycling, so readers can also use the tongue-in-cheek guide to help them tell their maillot jaune (yellow jersey) from your voiture balai (broom wagon).

So below is our guide to cycling – the Essex way:

Bonjour – Oi

Je suis très excité – I’m well ‘app-y

La bicyclette – Yer bike

Le cycle shorts – Hot pants

Les drugs pour l’enhancement du performance – Ever readies

Le sprinte finish – Race to sale at Primark Lakeside

Le course a commencé – On yer bike

Casque de velo – Titfer (cycle helmet)

Un accident terrible – Cor blimey

Un tour fort – Reem! (a strong ride)



  • Evidently rather desperate for material today. And besides, it wouldn't be "bike", it would be "boike"

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    Saturday, July 5, 2014

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    Saturday, July 5, 2014

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