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L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pédale

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/9780520256309.003.0004
L'Auto's Ouvriers de la Pédale

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This chapter evaluates the attempts made by the sports daily that organized the race through 1939 to defuse this potential threat by celebrating Tour de France participants as exemplary ouvriers de la pédale (pedal workers) and publicly punishing those who deviated from rigorously enforced rules of appropriate conduct. It notes that racers often resisted this campaign to transform them into “respectable” members of the (lower) middle class and remained true to their working-class identity.

Keywords: sports daily; race; 1939; Tour participants; pedal workers; middle class; working class

Chapter.  15835 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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