The Good Old Days: This year’s Tour de France was packed with drama, but it pales in comparison to the second-ever Tour in 1904. During the first of its six stages, four masked men in a car attacked two of the favorites. On the second day, 200 fans of one rider tried to block his pursuers. Nails were thrown onto the road in the fifth stage. In the end, 73 of the 88 riders were disqualified, including several who hopped aboard a car or train during the race.
Photo at right: For the climactic Mont Ventoux stage of this year’s race, Tour organizers showed their sense of humor by placing a giant syringe at the summit of the climb.
Tour Quiz: Three different riders wore the yellow jersey in this year’s Tour de France. Here’s a quick quiz using their last names:
1. CANCELLARA: Find three common six-letter words that can be spelled reading his name from left to right (letters can be skipped).
2. NOCENTINI: Find two words, each of which can be spelled using eight of the nine letters in his name.
3. CONTADOR: Find two words, each of which can be spelled using seven of the eight letters in his name. And can you find a six-letter word reading from left to right (letters can be skipped)?
Answers in the comments.