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Tour de France: Disaster As Cycling Shorts Split During Race

First phase of race ends in crack humiliation

Tour de France 2004 Stage 8
Lamballe > Quimper

The first phase of the Tour de France ended in disaster last night when over 70 competitors cycling shorts split during the race.

Shocked television viewers had to endure cyclist's bottoms clearly visible, and at length. French television does not have to pixellate bottoms out during television coverage, even if shown before 9pm.

The disaster comes amidst mounting concern that cycling shorts have become too tight.

Disaster strikes during stage 8 as three of the controversial LycraSuperTiteSkin©®™ cycling shorts split suddenly on national television

A commentator told us:

"This was a disaster waiting to happen. I'm only relieved that it affected such a small proportion of the competitors."

Referees refused to stop the contest even when it became clear that the problem was widespread. A spokesman for the referees said that the added embarrassment more than offset the benefits of extra freedom around the buttocks.


Not all those who witnessed the event were unhappy. A member of The European Society of Nude Cycling told us he was very pleased indeed:

"We have been lobbying for a fully naked stage in the Tour de France for years. This is a wonderful first step. We are very pleased."

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