The Tour

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Having won the coveted yellow jersey in stage 10, cyclist Ben Barnes continues his quest to win the Tour de France in this sequel to The Race. Despite his attempts to distance himself from the traditional political maneuvering, Ben falls victim to the repercussions associated with his success and comes face to face with outright sabotage and ongoing conflicts with team owners. This treachery, however, becomes insignificant in comparison to the specter of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. Experiencing extreme ...

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Overview

Having won the coveted yellow jersey in stage 10, cyclist Ben Barnes continues his quest to win the Tour de France in this sequel to The Race. Despite his attempts to distance himself from the traditional political maneuvering, Ben falls victim to the repercussions associated with his success and comes face to face with outright sabotage and ongoing conflicts with team owners. This treachery, however, becomes insignificant in comparison to the specter of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. Experiencing extreme pressure to prevail, Ben contemplates how he can be successful amidst challengers who have stacked the odds in their favor. Difficulties with his girlfriend and brutal weather conditions throughout the remaining 10 stages further conspire to derail Ben as he ascends Plateau de Bonsacre and Luz Ardiden, races through Cannes and Bordeaux, and strives to be the first to cross the finish line on the Champs-Elysées.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Shield's fast-moving writing style adds excitement and suspense to this action-packed novel."  —France Magazine
    

"Dave has an almost magical way of putting the reader in the midst of an intense adventure, and turning up the heat."  —Daily Peloton

"A fast-paced, action-packed cycling adventure...with a surprising twist at the end that will definitely catch you off guard."  —Cycling Interactive

"[The Tour is] a performance-enhanced page-turner with addictive qualities...and what a ride it is!"  —Xtri.com

"The most compelling and open discussion of cheating I've ever read."  —Aron Ralston, author, Between a Rock and a Hard Place

"The reader can almost empathize with an athlete's decision to cheat. A page-turner. Addicting."  —VeloNews

"Shields does [inspirational novels] one better by avoiding a cliché ending without compromising the story."  —The Salt Lake Tribune

"This author has a working crystal ball."  —Pedal Pushers 

Daily Peloton
"Dave has an almost magical way of putting the reader in the midst of an intense adventure, and turning up the heat."
France Magazine
"'The Tour' is Dave Shield's follow up to his 2004 novel, 'The Race,' which follows the story of a young American riding in the Tour de France. Although 'The Tour' is a fictional story, it offers a knowledgeable insight into France's most famous cycling race, touching on controversial subjects such as the use of performance enhancing drugs. Shield's fast-moving writing style adds excitement and suspense to this action-packed novel."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974849218
  • Publisher: Three Story Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Shields is the author of The Pendulum's Path and The Race. He is an avid endurance athlete who has completed and won multiple long-distance races. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and numerous radio and television shows to provide cycling insight and expertise. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    I am on page 150. I am really enjoying this one. I need to get t

    I am on page 150. I am really enjoying this one. I need to get the first one. I think I may have missed something but this book stands alone well enough. If you enjoy bicycling you would probably enjoy this.

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