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Movie Review: Wired to Win

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Never in its 104-year history has the Tour de France been embroiled in so much controversy. Two major riders were ousted for doping, an entire nation stopped watching and one newspaper even penned a mock obituary.

Doping controversy aside, the Tour is still the most popular annual sporting event in the world: the live feed is broadcast from France TV to 170 countries around the world and every tear tens of millions of some of the world’s most enthusiastic fans line the Tour’s route; all of whom watch 20 teams of nine riders zoom past them over mountains, countryside’s and farmlands for over two thousand miles over three weeks.

If hitting a 95-mile and hour fastball is a monstrous achievement of athletic ability, then competing in the Tour de France is an almost incomprehensible feat of brainpower. When your brain says no, when your muscles ache, and when your body begins to shut down from the pain of riding 100 miles every day for a month, how do you continue to ride up the face of some of the tallest mountains in the world?

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Such queries were asked and answered by Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, the current IMAX show at the California Science Center.