The <i>Géants de la Route</i>

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:
The Géants de la Route

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This chapter explores the representations of Tour de France participants as heroic, hypermasculine géants de la route (giants of the road), and explains the motivations behind and the enduring appeal of this image. It evaluates how and why women have been limited to carefully prescribed, traditionally female roles in this male universe, and in the stories told about it.

Keywords: Tour participants; women; male universe; hypermasculine; female roles; gender; heroism

Chapter.  19979 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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