Lanterne Rouge: the last man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard
Question: If you complete over 3,000 kilometres on a bike in France, overcoming mountain ranges and torrential weather conditions, while enduring physical and psychological agony in the 150th fastest time, should you be branded the loser?
What if the sacrifice helped a team mate win?
What if others lacked the determination to finish?
What if you were trying to come last?
Lanterne Rouge tells the absurd and often inspirational stories of the last placed rider in the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the caboose of a railway train, which conductors would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected