La Grande Boucle

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520256309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934863 | DOI:
La Grande Boucle

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This chapter discusses the convergence of inventions, institutions, interest groups, and motivations that led to the birth of cycling in the late nineteenth century, setting the stage for the Tour de France's creation in the early twentieth. It evaluates the race's evolution as an athletic competition, a commercial enterprise, and a media event, and is based upon two often-contested concepts, modernity and progress, which play a central role in the narratives examined in the following chapters.

Keywords: inventions; institutions; interest groups; motivations; nineteenth century; twentieth century; modernity; progress

Chapter.  18547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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