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The following is just a first approximation, and focusses on the Tour de France. Most books I consulted either never mention any female in connection to the race and instead celebrate pure male heroism (and occasional misdeeds). Few do mention the podium girls vaguely, but then try to convince its readers that they were simply (as insinuated on another SE) '...


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Short Answer While the shortening of the work week from the late 1840s onwards was certainly a factor in the rise of modern football (or soccer), it was only one of several changing circumstances which allowed the game to flourish. Further, football was but one of many leisure activities which benefited from a shorter working week. Also important were ...


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