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Great Moments In Sporting History (2)

In 1902, the Tour de France reached an all-time low amid widespread skullduggery and outright cheating. Spectators left nails in the road in front of their favorites' rivals, while riders took car trips and even train rides. The first four riders were disqualified, including one who had been pulled along by the car in front by means of a wire attached to a cork in his mouth.

Although he finished three hours behind the first-place rider and with two flat tires, race officials declared Henri Cornet the winner.

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