Tour sports new twists, but old-staple stages still pose challenge
The French are proud of their Tour de France and don't want anyone messing with it.
The Tour is innately French, like good cheese, 35-hour work weeks and national transportation strikes.
It's a summer tradition and France's best chance to preen center stage in one of the world's most colorful spectacles. Granddads bring grandkids down to the side of the road to have a picnic, sip some chilled rosť, watch the publicity caravan roll past and then cheer (such things as chapeau ...
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