The Paris-Tours race takes place on Sunday. Gone are the clichés of yellow sunflowers that mark the Tour de France.

The Paris-Tours race takes place on Sunday. Gone are the clichés of yellow sunflowers that mark the Tour de France.

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Vino in Condom Celebration

Alexandre Vinokourov will join the Grand Chapter of the Musketeers of Armagnac in a special ceremony on Saturday 1 September in the French town of Condom. The Olympic cycling champ will be the special guest for the prize ceremony.

Condom sign

As well as celebrating Armagnac, a form of brandy from the Gascon region of France, the Chapter promotes traditions and customs from the past in this area of South-West France.

And yes, Condom is the name of a town in South-West France.

Story spotted by Twitter’s @Biarnes72.

(Source: ladepeche.fr)

He finished sixth in the Tour de France but would you recognize Haimar Zubeldia if he walked past you in the street?
This photo should help.

He finished sixth in the Tour de France but would you recognize Haimar Zubeldia if he walked past you in the street?

This photo should help.

Tyler Farrar, lanterne rousse.
The American is last overall in the Tour de France, 2:37:16 behind Bradley Wiggins. But after 2402km it’s not a big margin.
Cycling is one of the few sports that venerates losers. This is because it is relative. Farrar might be last but that means he’s struggling with injuries and misfortune that would overwhelm most. Consequently the last rider is often the bravest, fighting pain as well as the road.
In the Tour de France the last rider is called the lanterne rouge or “red light”, as if they are the last wagon on a train.

Tyler Farrar, lanterne rousse.

The American is last overall in the Tour de France, 2:37:16 behind Bradley Wiggins. But after 2402km it’s not a big margin.

Cycling is one of the few sports that venerates losers. This is because it is relative. Farrar might be last but that means he’s struggling with injuries and misfortune that would overwhelm most. Consequently the last rider is often the bravest, fighting pain as well as the road.

In the Tour de France the last rider is called the lanterne rouge or “red light”, as if they are the last wagon on a train.

The village of Pussy is near the Col de la Madeleine, a 2000m mountain pass on the route of this year’s Tour de France.
The village sign has been stolen so often that the mayor ordered it to be encrusted into cement and stone to deter thieves.

The village of Pussy is near the Col de la Madeleine, a 2000m mountain pass on the route of this year’s Tour de France.

The village sign has been stolen so often that the mayor ordered it to be encrusted into cement and stone to deter thieves.

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Roulez bourrés = ride drunk.

The lyrics are actually about drunk driving. Maybe they decided the bike race theme was more light-hearted.

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“Whoa, turn back”
L’Equipe.fr’s 404 error page uses a drawing by their resident cartoonist Chenez.

Whoa, turn back

L’Equipe.fr’s 404 error page uses a drawing by their resident cartoonist Chenez.

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Count the hairpin bends. Be sure to look for the road way down on the right.

Count the hairpin bends. Be sure to look for the road way down on the right.

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In the 1950s French newspapers competed to bring stories first to the public and one part of this involved getting the newsprint from the printing press to the streets of Paris. At the time there was no faster means than the bike. It was athletic and the best couriers were well paid and as fit as any elite athlete.
They even organised formal races amongst each other, indistinguishable from a normal bike races… except for the stack of newspapers on the front of their bike.

In the 1950s French newspapers competed to bring stories first to the public and one part of this involved getting the newsprint from the printing press to the streets of Paris. At the time there was no faster means than the bike. It was athletic and the best couriers were well paid and as fit as any elite athlete.

They even organised formal races amongst each other, indistinguishable from a normal bike races… except for the stack of newspapers on the front of their bike.