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Tour de France Sabotaged (16th July, 2012)

The Tour de France bicycle race was sabotaged yesterday by someone who threw small nails onto the road. Several riders had to change their tyres because of punctures. Defending champion Cadel Evans had a flat tyre three times. Race leader Bradley Wiggins also had to change his back tyre but he did not say if it was because of the tacks on the road. Race director Jean-Francois Pecheux has asked the police to find out who scattered the tacks on the road, but said it would be "difficult" because there are thousands of spectators.

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Race leader Bradley Wiggins slowed down when he heard the news. He wanted to give Evans enough time to catch up with the leading pack. The rules of the race say no rider should take advantage of another rider's bad luck. Cadel later thanked Wiggins for his sportsmanship. When the stage finished, Wiggins said: "What can you do? It's something we can't control….It's sad. Those are the type of things we have to put up with as cyclists." Wiggins is hoping to become the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Several riders had to

a.

tacks on the road

2

a flat

b.

of the tacks

3.

Wiggins also had to change

c.

of spectators

4.

he did not say if it was because

d.

tyre

5.

find out who scattered the

e.

his back tyre

6.

there are thousands

f.

change their tyres

 

Paragraph 2

1.

slowed down when

a.

up with the leading pack

2

enough time to catch

b.

another rider's bad luck

3.

The rules

c.

for his sportsmanship

4.

no rider should take advantage of

d.

he heard the news

5.

Cadel later thanked Wiggins

e.

have to put up with

6.

the type of things we

f.

of the race


LISTENING GAP FILL

The Tour de France bicycle (1) ____________________ yesterday by someone who threw small nails onto the road.       (2) ____________________ change their tyres because of punctures. Defending champion Cadel Evans had a flat tyre three times. Race leader Bradley Wiggins (3) ____________________ his back tyre but he did not say (4) ____________________ the tacks on the road. Race director Jean-Francois Pecheux has asked the police to (5) ____________________ the tacks on the road, but said it  would be "difficult" (6) ____________________ of spectators.

Race leader Bradley Wiggins (7) ____________________ heard the news. He wanted to give Evans (8) ____________________ up with the leading pack. The (9) ____________________ no rider should (10) ____________________ another rider's bad luck. Cadel later thanked Wiggins for his sportsmanship. When the stage finished, Wiggins said: "What can you do? It's something we can't control….It's sad.                                     (11) ____________________ of things we have to put up with as cyclists." Wiggins (12) ____________________ the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The Tour de France bicycle race was sabotaged yesterday (1) ____ someone who threw small nails onto the road. Several riders (2) ____ to change their tyres because of punctures. Defending champion Cadel Evans had a          (3) ____ tyre three times. Race (4) ____ Bradley Wiggins also had to change his back tyre but he did not say if it was because of the tacks on the road. Race director Jean-Francois Pecheux has asked the police to find      (5) ____ who scattered the tacks on the road, but said it would be "difficult" because there are thousands of (6) ____.

Race leader Bradley Wiggins slowed (7) ____ when he heard the news. He wanted to give Evans enough time to catch (8) ____ with the leading pack. The rules of the race say no rider should (9) ____ advantage of another rider's bad luck. Cadel later thanked Wiggins for his sportsmanship. When the stage (10) ____, Wiggins said: "What can you do? It's something we can't control….It's sad. Those are the type of things we have to (11) ____ up with as cyclists." Wiggins is (12) ____ to become the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

at

(b)

for

(c)

by

2.

(a)

has

(b)

had

(c)

having

3.

(a)

flat

(b)

level

(c)

even

4.

(a)

leadership

(b)

leading

(c)

leader

5.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

who

6.

(a)

spectacles

(b)

spectators

(c)

specifics

7.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

on

8.

(a)

diwn

(b)

on

(c)

up

9.

(a)

have

(b)

take

(c)

be

10.

(a)

finished

(b)

finishes

(c)

finishing

11.

(a)

use

(b)

finish

(c)

put

12

(a)

hopping

(b)

hoping

(c)

heaping


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

eraSlev riders had to change their tyres

2.

Defending cpomhina Cadel Evans

3.

Race adeerl Bradley Wiggins

4.

Race tedcorri Jean-Francois Pecheux

5.

who estdrceta the tacks on the road

6.

thousands of cstspetoar

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Wiggins odsewl down

8.

catch up with the ndealgi pack

9.

take tdvaaenag of

10.

the stage iihfndes

11.

something we can't orlontc

12.

the first British eidrr


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

on the road, but said it would be "difficult" because there are thousands of spectators.

1  )

The Tour de France bicycle race was sabotaged yesterday by someone who

(    )

had to change his back tyre but he did not say if it was because of the tacks on the road. Race

(    )

cyclists." Wiggins is hoping to become the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France.

(    )

sportsmanship. When the stage finished, Wiggins said: "What can you do? It's something we can't

(    )

Race leader Bradley Wiggins slowed down when he heard the news. He wanted to give Evans enough

(    )

advantage of another rider's bad luck. Cadel later thanked Wiggins for his

(    )

time to catch up with the leading pack. The rules of the race say no rider should take

(    )

control….It's sad. Those are the type of things we have to put up with as

(    )

threw small nails onto the road. Several riders had to change their tyres because of

(    )

director Jean-Francois Pecheux has asked the police to find out who scattered the tacks

(    )

punctures. Defending champion Cadel Evans had a flat tyre three times. Race leader Bradley Wiggins also


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

The     race     Tour     was     de     sabotaged     France     bicycle.    

2.

had     riders     Several     tyres     their     change     to.    

3.

tyre     flat     a     had     Evans     times     three.    

4.

if     say     not     did     He     tacks     the     of    because     was     it.    

5.

spectators     of     thousands     are     there     because     Difficult.    

6.

news     when     he     Wiggins     heard     slowed     the     down.    

7.

up     leading     Enough     catch     the     to     with     pack     time.    

8.

advantage     Take     luck     bad     rider's     another     of.    

9.

have     to     put     up     with     The     type     of     things     we.    

10.

to      ever     rider     British      first     The    Tour    the       win.


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about Tour de France for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. TOUR DE FRANCE: Search the Internet and find more information about the Tour de France. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Tour de France. Include imaginary interviews with the top riders. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Tour de France expert. Ask him/her three questions about the race. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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