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The Tour de France is set to offer nailbiting suspense—and that's just over the drugs testing. Plus, how the English do Twenty20

The war on drugs fails again July is the only month of the British sporting year in which football is almost completely absent. It brings many alternative pleasures: the final week of Wimbledon, the first three tests of the Ashes, the golf British Open, and for those still hungering for winter sports, the British Lions on tour in South Africa. And then there’s the Tour de France—an event more time consuming and gruelling for participants and spectators than any other.

The Tour always offers a glorious and circuitous tour through la France profonde; feats of endurance and metabolism that verge…

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