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My hotel is my castle

Updated: July 12, 2006, 3:13 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

DAX, France -- I do all my own hotel booking for the Tour. Sometimes I pick a place because it's near that night's finish. Sometimes I pick a hotel to be close to the next day's start. Sometimes I pick it for air conditioning, or easy parking, or because it's a Place I've Been Before and Know How To Find.

Last weekend, I deliberately chose a hotel that would allow me to flee from the planet's biggest sporting event.

I wanted to watch the World Cup final. I also wanted to be somewhere ...

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