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    Curious about tour rider Said Haddou

    One of the Bouygues Telecom riders on the 2009 TDF is named Said Haddou.
    Born in France, has a brother named Nahir Haddou (also pro cyclist).

    Does he represent an element of diversity in the peloton? Both names look like they have a relationship to Arabic. Are the brothers related to someone from one of the former French colonies like Morocco or Algeria?

    Not much information when I did a web search, but there may be more in French than in English.

    thanks!

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    http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road....apr07/trobro07

    French-Algerian.

    Zinedine Zidane, the great French footballer, was also French-Algerian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    Now THERE was a nasty little war for independence. I believe this was ground zero for muslim suicide bombing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esther-L View Post
    One of the Bouygues Telecom riders on the 2009 TDF is named Said Haddou.
    Born in France, has a brother named Nahir Haddou (also pro cyclist).

    Does he represent an element of diversity in the peloton? Both names look like they have a relationship to Arabic. Are the brothers related to someone from one of the former French colonies like Morocco or Algeria?

    Not much information when I did a web search, but there may be more in French than in English.

    thanks!
    If you're interested in this, you might also be interested in the Grewal brothers, Indian Americans (as in India), American Sikhs I believe, who rode fairly successfully (Alexi got an Olympic gold) in the 80's. Also, check out Major Taylor.

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