Geography, 2013-10-01, Vol.98 (3), p.144-151
The year 2013 marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France road cycling race. As a sports mega-event in the 21st century, the Tour is recognised for its global popular appeal and national symbolism, as much as for its physical challenge or doping scandals. This article introduces different ways of knowing the Tour de France through a cultural geographical lens. Key cultural concepts, including representation, nationalism and embodiment are applied to make sense of different Tour mythologies, including as national icon, site of resistance, sporting spectacle and experience. The article explores how these various stories have been read, constructed and contested as well as how they influence our understandings of place. As such, it provides a set of cultural geographical ideas for analysis of sports mega-events.
Geography ; Mountains ; Landscapes ; Nationalism ; Visual fixation ; National identity ; Doping ; Spectacle ; Cultural geography ; Sports ; Human geography ; Bgi / Prodig ; Population geography and social geography ; Bicycle racing ; Corporate sponsorship ; Roads & highways
JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX
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