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2009 Penal Tour de France

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2009 Penal Tour de France

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Old 05-26-09, 06:28 AM
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2009 Penal Tour de France

Next month 196 prisoners will take part in a 2,300km, 17 town Penal TDF. With no breakaways allowed and watched closely by police, the group will travel around France in the inaugural event starting June 4 in Lille and ending in Paris. There will be no rankings. Along the way riders will stay in hotels rather than jails.

The idea is that the participants could learn the value of teamwork etc to prepare themselves for life on the outside.

Geez, if French prisons are anything like Canada's they're getting a free education. And now an all expenses-paid tour? Almost makes one want to sign up, eh?
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French jails are among of the worst on the planet... http://www.newsweek.com/id/150423

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Wonder what bicycles they will be riding? Will their lyrca all be orange?
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