Monday, 05 July 2004
Tour de France & Charlie Chaplin
CREDITS: © Photos Press Sport ASO/Official Nantes town web site Nantes.fr
WHERE: France. WHAT: historical Tour de France pictures.
MAP: 2004 route. Thumbnail  clicks & link  pop-up source pages.
The Tour de France is underway, so we decided to take a look back to earlier times in the history of the race. We found a treasure trove of images on the Nantes.fr web site, the official site for the French town at the mouth of the beautiful River Loire, that portrayed an event quite different from the one we experience today. We think even non bicycle racing fans will find something to enjoy from the gallery. The French may have an obsession with their bicycle race, but even that seems to take second place to their primary obsession. Bon appétit, et bonne chance! Probably in that order.
We were not joking when we associated Charlie Chaplin with the bicycle race; check out the third picture, in the middle of the thumbnail strip. It seems that from as far back as 1925, the year that The Gold Rush [translated as La Ruée Vers d'Or in French] was first released, starring the little man in the baggy trousers, talented Americans have been finding a Yellow Klondike on the roads of La Belle France. Be assured that Lance Armstrong's Nike [Flash 6 Player required - no plain HTML alternative is an inexcusable shortcoming - select entry options, then 'apparel', then top item in list] Swift Spin suit is not baggy, but an excellent aerodynamic fit.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)