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French CyclingA Social and Cultural History$
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Hugh Dauncey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318351

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317859

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French Cycling in Quest of a New Identity, 2000–2011

French Cycling in Quest of a New Identity, 2000–2011

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French Cycling
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This chapter highlights the increased interest on all kinds of cycling in France after the year 2000. It explains that the industry of cycling has benefited greatly from its growing popularity as a recreational sport, mode of transport and recreational leisure. And professional cycling events such as the Tour de France also maintained stature despite suspicions of drug use. In addition, the chapter discusses how the bicycle helped in promoting environmentalism among French citizens by reducing health risks and decongesting heavy traffic in urban centers. It also examines the new forms of cycling recreation in sport and leisure that arose after the year 2000. Finally, it touches on how the Tour de France continues to help in shaping the identity of France and the nature of sport. It looks into the phenomenal success of US rider and cancer-survivor Lance Armstrong.

Keywords:   professional cycling, Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, cancer-survivor, bicycle, recreational sport

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