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A NATION'S MIDSUMMER MADNESS
August 22, 1966
Unique in sport is the bicycle race that takes possession of France each year; it lasts three weeks, covers nearly 3,000 miles and combines all the noisy, lurid features of a patriotic extravaganza, a Mardi Gras and a kaleidoscopic television supercommercial. Below and on the following six pages Artist Jean-Jacques Semp� portrays moments of drama and comedy on the Tour. Beginning on page 68, Writer Jack Olsen views it through amused—and amazed—American eyes
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August 22, 1966

A Nation's Midsummer Madness

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Unique in sport is the bicycle race that takes possession of France each year; it lasts three weeks, covers nearly 3,000 miles and combines all the noisy, lurid features of a patriotic extravaganza, a Mardi Gras and a kaleidoscopic television supercommercial. Below and on the following six pages Artist Jean-Jacques Semp� portrays moments of drama and comedy on the Tour. Beginning on page 68, Writer Jack Olsen views it through amused—and amazed—American eyes

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