Sport: They're Off!

"What a day! What a battle! A fireworks, an explosion, six hours of relentless fighting, six hours of violent breakaways, of frantic pursuits, of spectacular escapes!" This had nothing to do with Korea or Indo-China. It was a French sportwriter just wanning up to the famed

Tour de France, the month-long bicycle race that attracts the world's largest crowds.

Flanked and followed by 360 cars, trucks and ambulances, containing doctors, managers, officials, timekeepers, mechanics, journalists, wives and mistresses, 123 racing cyclists of eight nations* last week began the 2,900-mile marathon that started in...

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