the most compelling sport on TV-The Tour de France
Jul 13, 2009
I admit to being in a tiny minority but I am sick of televised TV pro sports. But I am hooked on the Tour. There is little action, it goes on for hours, the commentators talk non-stop, the ending is anti-climatic but it is amazing. The route changes every year, the teams change but the constant is the excitement, the beauty, the athleticism (or conditioning) of the riders. The fans jamming the route add a sense of participation not seen in any other pro sport. And if there is doping-who cares? I can't get started without caffeine every day. Riding is the working class sport but can be enjoyed by all except most of the riders whose pain is evident. Try watching a segment if you get Versus from your cable provider. And don't miss the final day-a thrill if you have ever been to Paris.
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Physician-anesthesiologist. 3 children, 2 grandchildren. Live in Shaker Heights, Ohio-suburb of Cleveland
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The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that covers more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries. The race usually lasts 23 days and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken down into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totaled up to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the least elapsed time at the end of each day wears the prestigious yellow jersey. The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris and in more recent years along the Champs-Élysées.