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Murky road ahead for Tour de France

Rigors of iconic race's route tame in comparison to challenges still facing sport

Updated: October 24, 2012, 5:29 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

The route of the 100th Tour de France will start on the rugged island of Corsica, flirt with the Mediterranean coast on its way to the Pyrenees, traverse Brittany and cross a time-trial finish line in the enchanting shadow of Mont St. Michel, wheel diagonally southeast to Provence, grind up windswept, barren Mont Ventoux, scale Alpe d'Huez twice in the same day, and end three weeks and 2,100 miles after it began with an unprecedented nighttime curtain call in Paris.

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