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Racing Time

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Tour de France  

A book that fills a niche in academic analysis of the Tour de France.

The Tour de France is an event known worldwide by both fans of cycling and the general public as a distinguished and extreme physical challenge. Since the 1990s, however, the Tour has also become notorious as a testing ground for performance enhancement and a proving ground for anti-doping measures. The Tour has long been the focus of books that concentrate on racing, the personalities, the scandals, and gossip. Racing Time, instead, offers a serious study of the event, analyzed within its political, social, cultural, and economic context. Racing Time presents expert analyses of a range of topics and issues which the recent history of the Tour has shown to be of contemporary significance, including several studies that examine issues around doping from a range of perspectives.

200 pages | 30 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | © 2023

Sociology: Sociology of Arts--Leisure, Sports

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1
The “Truce” that Never Was? The Tour de France and French Politics
C. Thompson

Chapter 2
Where? A simple question with a comprehensive answer - Spatial dimensions of the Tour the France
V. Bacík, M. Klobucník,

Chapter 3
The tribulations of the Women’s Tour de France: a symbol of the refusal to acknowledge women in cycling
F. Plassard, L. Schoch

Chapter 4
Le Tour de France and Women’s Activism
S. Ryder


Chapter 5
The Tour and Selling Things
E. Reed

Chapter 6
Does Hosting the Tour de France Yield Tangible Benefits?
C.G.Nielsen, A. Nygaard, M. Eske, R.K Storm

Chapter 7
The central role of the Tour de France in the political economy of professional cycling
F. Ohl, B. Fincoeur

Chapter 8
Reflections on the environmental impacts of the Tour de France
A. Collins

Chapter 9:
Mental challenges in the modern period of the “Great Loop”
D. Hauw


Chapter 10
Tour de France TV broadcasting
D. Van Reeth

Chapter 11
Television’s contribution to the experience of the Tour de France
K. Frandsen

Chapter 12
Tour de France on Twitter – the discursive modes of sport audience tweets
M. Olesen

Chapter 13
Is there a future for a virtual Tour de France?
B. Fincoeur

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