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Nowhere else in France, or on the parcours of the Tour de France, quite matches Mont Ventoux. What Edith Wharton called "the sublimest object in Provence” rises as if out of nowhere to tower 6,272 feet above the surrounding plains, magnificent and awe-inspiring. She might have added “the scariest object” if she had tried going up it on two wheels, but there is no evidence that the author of The Age of Innocence rode a racing bike up the great mountain. 

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Biking as Bloodsport

When the Tour de France turns violent

A brief history of violence at cycling's greatest race.

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The Most Glorious Weekend in the History of British Sports

Chris Froome shines alongside Andy Murray

Chris Froome shines alongside Andy Murray.

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English Swearing at Its Flippin' Finest

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

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The Ghosts of Tours Past

How Lance Armstrong and a 1998 drug test could ruin this year's race

The April bombing of the Boston Marathon raised an uncomfortable thought at this year’s Tour de France: What if Corsican separatists attempted some violent outrage? They have a habit of blowing up supermarkets and setting fire to houses they don’t like the look of, and have killed plenty of people. Here was the chance for a real terrorist “spectacular.”

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When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support, and a single European currency was barely a gleam in the eye of zealous Eurocrats in Brussels. And yet as Bernard Hinault stood in the Tour de France winner’s yellow jersey on the podium in the Champs-Elysées on July 21, 1985, there were already signs that not all was well for French bike racing—or for France.

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A fate worse than global warming.

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