Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France

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Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France. / Wagner, Ulrik; Frydendal, Stine; Hybholt, Maria.

In: Communication and Sport, Vol. 11, No. 6, 2023, p. 1102-1120.

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Wagner, U, Frydendal, S & Hybholt, M 2023, 'Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France', Communication and Sport, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 1102-1120. https://doi.org/10.1177/21674795221148988

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Wagner, U., Frydendal, S., & Hybholt, M. (2023). Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France. Communication and Sport, 11(6), 1102-1120. https://doi.org/10.1177/21674795221148988

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Wagner U, Frydendal S, Hybholt M. Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France. Communication and Sport. 2023;11(6):1102-1120. https://doi.org/10.1177/21674795221148988

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Wagner, Ulrik ; Frydendal, Stine ; Hybholt, Maria. / Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France. In: Communication and Sport. 2023 ; Vol. 11, No. 6. pp. 1102-1120.

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