Why Rally de France can't survive without Loeb

Why Rally de France can't survive without Loeb

Sebastian Loeb's early exit from Rally de France was a big blow for him, but also for his fans and for the event itself. David Evans explains why this year's rally showed France needs more than legend to keep the event alive in the future

C'est parti pour trois jours de liesse. Last Friday morning, the message was clear and simple: the people of Alsace were ready and waiting for the return of the master. And the master, Sebastien Loeb, was ready conquer.

Twenty-four hours later, the same newspaper which had headlined Friday's cover: "Let's go for three days of celebration," went for a slightly more sombre two-worded approach: "Scenario catastrophe."

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