June 19, 2008

Vous êtes des assassins!: It is perhaps the most famous, often quoted phrase in Tour de France history, shouted by Octave Lapize to onlookers as he struggled over the Col d’Aubisque in the 1910 Tour. A fascinating look at the early days of the Tour and the controversial decision to include massive climbs in the Pyrenees. (via)

posted by Ufez Jones to other at 05:47 PM - 1 comment

Degrange once said that the ideal Tour would be one in which only one rider finished. If they keep shedding them at the same rate as last year, he might posthumously get his wish. Interesting article. I'm always saddened reading things from that era in which every other "normal" man's story ends with some greater or lesser variation of the same thing - he didn't survive the war. Despite last year's messing around, I'm really looking forward to Le Tour again this year. I'm fairly sure I'm going to let it try to break my heart again.

posted by JJ at 07:02 AM on June 20, 2008

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