The Tour De France, 1903-2003: A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values

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Hugh Dauncey, Senior Lecturer in French Studies Hugh Dauncey, Geoff Hare
Routledge, Aug 2, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 290 pages
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This book analyses the Tour de France over its long history both as France's most prestigious and famous sporting event and as a European and, increasingly, a world cycling competition. This study provides interdisciplinary and varied perspectives on the sporting, cultural, social, economic and political significance of the Tour within and outside France, giving a comprehensive and authoritative investigation of up-to-the minute thinking on what the Tour means, now and in the past, to competitors, to France, to the French public, to the cultural history of sport, and the sport of cycling itself.

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A PreModern Contest in a PostModern Context
Organizing Spectating Watching
Meanings Metaphors and Values
Chronology of the Tour 19022003
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Hare is a former Senior Lecturer in French Studies and is now a Research Associate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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