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Sunday, July 30, 2006


The Weekend Wiki

Okay I got lazy this weekend and haven't posted the Friday Wiki. This week in honor of my very own heightened testosterone levels we'll be taking a look at the Tour de France. Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to have a 30 day bike race in France?

The Tour de France was conceived of as a publicity stunt for the French newspaper L'Auto, who announced the first race on January 19, 1903. The stunt worked as sales of the paper soared in the years following the first race.

Originally conceived as a race solely for individuals with way too much time on their hands, the race is now comprised of professional teams backed by corporate sponsors. The race course changes yearly alternating between a clockwise and counter-clockwise tours of the country. The segments of the race that go through the Alps are always fan favorites apparently.

Floyd Landis continued the recent trend of American dominance in this event, but controversy has surrounded his testing positive for "heightened levels of testosterone". Who knows what that means, but one thing is for certain. This event is way more competitive than it was initially envisioned.

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