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The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Christopher Thompson


In this history of the world's most famous bicycle race, the author tells the story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event—including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage—he links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, the author explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface exp ... More

Keywords: Tour de France, racers, politicians, Tour organizers, songs, novels, film, media, French history, doping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520256309
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520256309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Thompson, author