One of the world's highest viewed sports events on TV started yesterday. No, it is not a cricket or a soccer match. Yes, it is the 100th Tour de France. The world's most famous cycle race actually started as a publicity stunt to boost sales of L'Auto magazine by its cycling-crazy editor Henri Desrange. This year, two billion people across 190 countries will follow the 23-day long race across 21 stages, covering 3,479km. Starting for the first time from the island of Corsica, this tour will conclude with a night time finish on the Champs-lyses in Paris, and will also for the first time, since 1988, be completely held on French soil. Leave the doping and scandals aside, the Tour has its share of etiquette. One such is that riders in the peloton (main pack) slow down to allow riders to greet family members on the roadside and rejoin in the same position. One more: riders refrain from 'attacking' during toilet, food or mechanical failure breaks. Lance Armstrong will be watching.
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1. Among the mountain railways of India that feature on the World Heritage List, which is the oldest?
Nilanjana Bose, Calcutta
2. For which film was Walt Disney presented with one big, and seven little Oscar statues?
Swagat Aggarwal, Patna
3. In India, by what name is the large antelope known as Blue Bull commonly referred to?
Rajit Kumar Ghosh, Calcutta
4. The name of which natural object is obtained from the French word meaning 'ice'?
Vandana Chatterjee, Asansol
5. Which is the only part of the human body that does not grow since birth and remains the same size?
Mukul Dey, Calcutta
6. The name of which Indian dish comes from the Sanskrit words meaning 'a dish of rice and sesame'?
Siddartha Roy, Calcutta
7. In the Mahabharata, who had a war flag depicting a hooded cobra?
Ankita Deb, Barasat
8. The inauguration of the Shatabdi Express marked the birth centenary of which politician?
Robyn Mukherjee, Calcutta
9. In the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, what does the code CR denote?
Aleya Roy, Guwahati
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Between 1976 and 1987, the Tour de France winners received an apartment offered by a race sponsor, as the first prize. In 1988, the first prize was a car, a studio apartment, a work of art and 500,000 francs in cash.
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