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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 Forçats de la Route

The Forçats de la Route

Exploits, Exploitation, and the Politics of Athletic Excess, 1903–1939

(p.180) Five The Forçats de la Route
The Tour de France

Christopher S. Thompson

University of California Press

This chapter examines how opponents of the Tour de France during this period destabilized representations of racers as model workers, describing them instead as slave laborers. It notes that these commentators exploited the Tour's much-celebrated extreme nature to formulate a broad critique of the exploitation of labor which, they argued, described the increasingly rationalized factories of early twentieth-century France.

Keywords:   Tour de France, racers, model workers, slave laborers, exploitation of labor, twentieth century, France

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