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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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What Price Heroism?

What Price Heroism?

Work, Sport, and Drugs in Postwar France

(p.215) Six What Price Heroism?
The Tour de France

Christopher S. Thompson

University of California Press

This chapter explores the postwar debates regarding the Tour de France as work, associating these to the racers' longstanding practice of doping. It also examines the implications of that practice for their heroic image as France's géants de la route.

Keywords:   postwar debates, sport, drugs, France, Tour de France, work, doping

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