Tour de France 100

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Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the world's most prestigious cycle race - the Tour de France - this is the definitive guide.

Published to mark the 100th anniversary of what is widely recognized as the world's most grueling, fiercely contested and famous cycle race, this is a lavish and impressive guide. It contains comprehensive profiles of 100 of the Tour's most famous stages, each featuring unique, detailed computer-generated artworks of the route, along with key ...

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Overview

Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the world's most prestigious cycle race - the Tour de France - this is the definitive guide.

Published to mark the 100th anniversary of what is widely recognized as the world's most grueling, fiercely contested and famous cycle race, this is a lavish and impressive guide. It contains comprehensive profiles of 100 of the Tour's most famous stages, each featuring unique, detailed computer-generated artworks of the route, along with key facts, figures and information that together produce a multitude of facts and stories. In other words, a complete and expert examination of the race through its most dramatic and striking moments.

The book also presents 300 fascinating photographs that capture historic events, along with a comprehensive directory listing every jersey winner, and a narrative front section that explores the more bizarre stories and myths surrounding the race.

A fitting celebration of a unique sporting event.

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On the world stage, the Tour de France, the FIFA World Cup, and the Olympics represent the triumvirate of major sporting events. While for many Americans the race seems to live and die upon the name Lance Armstrong, authors Cossins (former editor, Procycling magazine), freelance journalists Isabel Best and Chris Sidwells (Bicycle Repair Manual), and Clare Griffith show that it's bigger than Armstrong, doping, or scandal. The text, beautifully enhanced by a treasure trove of photos (evolving from black-and-white to color and GPS-detailed overviews) and visuals (including a route map, stats, and aerial views) culled from various sources, chronicles the year-by-year, stage-by-stage, drama-to-drama evolution of the race and its rules, as well as the riders, the rivalries, and the lengths explored to win (from the assault of riders in the countryside and shortcuts by alternative transport to technological advancements and performance-enhancing drugs) and reveals an event surely deserving of the title "the people's race." VERDICT An engaging overview of the tour (from 1903 to the present) pleasingly communicated by dynamic visuals, enhanced by a sidebarred, bulleted, pin-point-blurbed, and text-boxed narrative. Recommended for riders, tour enthusiasts, or the general sports fan's coffee table.—Benjamin Malczewski, Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844037421
  • Publisher: Octopus Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 633,172
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    An excellent compilation of stories and photos covering the history of the race.

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