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Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0002
Itineraries, Narratives, and Identities

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This chapter demonstrates how the ever-changing itinerary of la grande boucle has been exploited to generate diverse and often opposing views of French society, history, and identity. It evaluates past bicycle races conducted in France and how they affected France's view towards the Tour de France. The chapter shows how the psychological impact of including the lost provinces in the Tour itinerary, from 1906 through 1910 L'Auto persuaded the German authorities to allow the race to pass through Alsace-Lorraine. It explains that L'Auto's use of the Tour's itinerary to honor the sacrifices of so many French soldiers reflected a broader commemorative movement.

Keywords: la grande boucle; French society; French history; French identity; bicycle race; Tour itinerary; German authorities; French soldiers

Chapter.  17877 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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