Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Cheesy race not so soft

The Paris-Camembert bike race sounds like just the event for fat guys who love rich cheese - but that's not the case.

Not as well known as other European spring races, the event that takes place around Vimoutiers attracts some of bicycling's big names, including one Lance Armstrong.

Vimoutiers is indeed one of the French towns that produces Camembert - and Lance, it seems, must have been sampling the local product, because he finished 24th in the 200-kilometre race, losing to Laurent Brochard of Bouygues Telecom.

For full details, check the article in The International Herald Tribune by Samuel Apt:

Apt's piece is more than a blow-by-blow description of the race, but rather a short essay on why the small race has flourished in recent years when other little known cycling events haven't done as well.


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