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Another introduction to the Tour

19 Jul 2005

My parents have, for the first time, the combination of extended digital cable and a Tivo. This affords them an opportunity to see what this whole Tour de France thing is about. Mom had some questions

Mom: What is a “Palaton” in cycling? Me: the peloton is the large group of riders that stays very close in one big mass. It helps them stay out of the headwind. Mom: ok, why don’t they just say that Me: who? the commentators? Mom: yes Me: for the same reason football announces don’t say, “So-and-so just ran with the ball into the end of the field where the paint is different earning 6 points” Me: they say, “touchdown” Mom: shut up Me: you’re watching a French sport! ​

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