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The Tour de FranceA Cultural History$
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Christopher Thompson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520256309

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520256309.001.0001

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The Géants de la Route

The Géants de la Route

Gender and Heroism

(p.95) Three The Géants de la Route
The Tour de France

Christopher S. Thompson

University of California Press

This chapter explores the representations of Tour de France participants as heroic, hypermasculine géants de la route (giants of the road), and explains the motivations behind and the enduring appeal of this image. It evaluates how and why women have been limited to carefully prescribed, traditionally female roles in this male universe, and in the stories told about it.

Keywords:   Tour participants, women, male universe, hypermasculine, female roles, gender, heroism

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