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First Black Guy at the Tour?

Old 07-23-11, 08:16 PM
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First Black Guy at the Tour?

I never really thought about it, but apparently so:

https://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...ports_newsreel

Though there are no definitive records to prove this, Tour organizers say Yohann Gène, a 31-year-old professional cyclist from Guadeloupe, is—so far as anyone can remember—the first black rider to compete in the 108-year-old race.
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Not another thread.. This needs to be closed and/or in the 217 and then closed...
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I have no idea what your point is?
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Racist.
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Well we are on stage 19 now so you can probably imagine this has been discussed before, right? That and people get funny about race.

I say it's about damn time!

Any Eastern Asians been in the tour before? Someone get those Keirin racers on a road bike!
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Can someone clue me into why it would be racist to point out the first black rider in the TdF rode it this year? Is it racist to say that President Obama is the first black US President?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Well we are on stage 19 now so you can probably imagine this has been discussed before, right? That and people get funny about race.

I say it's about damn time!

Any Eastern Asians been in the tour before? Someone get those Keirin racers on a road bike!
I can imagine many things, but I must have missed the thread discussing this.
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I did too, but it probably blew up into a million pieces.
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Facts are such icky things...
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That article contains another good Jens quote, "Go against the wheel of progress and you get run over."
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I don't notice skin color in cycling--only Fredliness.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I did too, but it probably blew up into a million pieces.
In the prof cycling forum. It got argumentative, and pontificatory, yes.
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Originally Posted by RJM
Can someone clue me into why it would be racist to point out the first black rider in the TdF rode it this year? Is it racist to say that President Obama is the first black US President?
smartest post of the day.
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Originally Posted by learnmedia
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You can say ******* here. But he's a funny *******
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You can say ******* here. But he's a funny *******
Damn. You can't. Never Mind.

Carry on.
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Originally Posted by CNY James
smartest post of the day.
Wow, that's saying something here.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Wow, that's saying something here.
Too bad it's not true. That's probably in the Introductions forum.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Wow, that's saying something here.

wut
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Any Eastern Asians been in the tour before? Someone get those Keirin racers on a road bike!
I wonder how they would shape up against Cav/Gripel/Thor.
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win!!

but seriously, the reality is that if cycling was common in Ethiopia and Kenya, it would be those countries dominating the tour.

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I read the article. It seems to be about a great man doing a super job for his team! Respect!!!
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Ive always been surprised that more black guys dont ride road bikes. I think that genetically most black guys are way stronger then the little euro dudes of the tour. I know thats a blanket statement but dont give me flac, you know its true. Look at all the runners and track winners of the last 50 years of olympics. I wana see Usain Bolt on a bike, or Geoffrey Mutai ( won 2011 boston marathon and broke the record). I think its mostly a cultural thing though. Although body type plays a huge part too. But you dont see any white hispanic or asian Cricket players do you?
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Originally Posted by eddiepliers
Not another thread.. This needs to be closed and/or in the 217 and then closed...
Mods, please keep this thread going for this guy's sake.
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It's only a matter of time before UCI rules that Sickle Cell is not in 'regs'.

They will enforce this on stage 20 next year.
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An article recently appeared in the New Yorker about cycling in Rwanda:
https://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...urrentPage=all

Hopefully he won't be the last.
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