Pigeon fanciers flock to enter Tour de Feathers
IT'S THE Tour de France without the dope testing. In a desperate attempt to restore the flagging fortunes of the sport of pigeon racing, the elite birds of France embarked on their own 13-stage race around France this week.
The first pigeons set off on Monday from Lille to Fresne-le-Plan for the 12-day race, with stages of up to 125 miles. The route takes the pigeons in a rough hexagonal shape around France.
Since pigeon racing works on the principle that the pigeons will always find their way home, each stage must be taken by a different team of pigeons. (© Independent News Service)