A Race for Madmen: The History of the Tour de France

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Initially founded to demonstrate a new British invention—the bicycle—and as a venue to show off the French countryside, the Tour de France continues to exhibit the most extraordinary feats of human endurance from its competitors. Now cyclist and journalist Chris Sidwells brings the Tour to life by pulling back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes battles, tactics, and technology that have played such a large role in the race from its inception.
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Overview


Initially founded to demonstrate a new British invention—the bicycle—and as a venue to show off the French countryside, the Tour de France continues to exhibit the most extraordinary feats of human endurance from its competitors. Now cyclist and journalist Chris Sidwells brings the Tour to life by pulling back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes battles, tactics, and technology that have played such a large role in the race from its inception.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210789
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 433,730
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Sidwells is a cycling enthusiast, freelance journalist, and photographer who contributes to numerous magazines in the UK, Europe, and the United
States. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Martin Dugard is a New York Times best-selling author and adventurer. He lives with his wife and three sons in Orange County, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 A Tours Is Born 1

2 Growing Pains 21

3 Into the Hills 35

4 The Yellow Jersey 47

5 The First Italian 57

6 The Rise of Nationalism 73

7 The Tour at War 89

8 II Campionissimo 97

9 The First Hat-Trick 117

10 Maître Jacques 137

11 The Return of National Teams 163

12 Wind and Wildfire 181

13 The Badger 203

14 Born in the USA 221

15 The First to Five in a Row 239

16 The Day the Tour Nearly Ended 257

17 Seven for Texas 275

18 Another Tour, Another Controversy 293

19 Armstrong's Comeback and Beyond 307

Postscript: Steakgate 319

Afterword Martin Dugard 325

Index 331

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