The Lanterne Rouge is the last place rider in a cycling race such as the Tour. The Rider gets to ride through the finish line while holding a Red Lantern. The phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern" and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a passenger railway train or the brake van (USA caboose ) of a railway freight (goods) train, which signalmen (USA dispatchers) would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected.
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