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Tour de France Family Control Under Assault as Race Teams Rebel

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It was day 16 of last year’s three-week-long Tour de France. The RadioShack team of elite cyclists had just completed a punishing 101-mile slog through Alpine foothills from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Gap.

Among cycling enthusiasts, Gap is remembered as the dramatic scene of one of Lance Armstrong’s more acrobatic rides. During the 2003 Tour, another cyclist’s rear tire skidded on the melted tarmac in front of Armstrong, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its July issue.