In The Tour De France, Even The Loser Is A Winner

Even coming in last place in the Tour de France has its benefits. The final finisher is known as the lanterne rouge — the "red lantern," like that found on the caboose of a train. This year's "winner" was 36-year-old Canadian Svein Tuft. He ended up in 169th place — but just finishing brings glory and lucrative appearances.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The winner of the Tour de France gets a yellow jersey but let's focus now on the lanterne rouge. That's the term for the guy who finishes last. It translates to red lantern, like that found on the caboose of a train. Yesterday, 36-year-old Canadian Svein Tuft took the honor with his 169th place finish. It turns out that the lanterne rouge is hotly contested. Just finishing brings glory and lucrative appearances. It's MORNING EDITION.

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