Written by Monkey Woods

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

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Leading disabled contender Alphonse Indurain

The Tour de France gets under way on July 5th, with the stunning news that this year, for the first time ever, disabled 'challengers' will ride alongside able-bodied competitors in the race.

Seven disabled 'challengers' will undertake the gruelling experience in their wheelchairs, whilst a further three will be strapped to specially adapted 'bikes'.

The race, which is 2,200 miles in length, and takes in various mountain ranges over its 21 stages, is the supreme test of endurance for any human being, let alone those with disabilities.

One of the mountain stages, the Alpe d'Huez, rises to an altitude of 1850 metres, and has 21 hairpin bends, a test wheelchairs and other contraptions will find extremely difficult to negotiate.

There is constant danger as the peloton speeds along rural roads at an average speed of around 50mph, another element the Disabled will find difficult to live with.

Worse still, will be the frantic and sometimes dangerous sprint finishes, in which riders sometimes 'come a cropper' and end up mangled in each other's wheels. Throw a wheelchair into this equation, and there could be real mayhem.

The UK's leading disabled rider Brent Frame told The Spoof:

"I'm aiming for a top 10 finish. Failing that, just staying alive would be OK."

Alphonse Indurain, the Spanish paraplegic starts as race favourite.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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