Tour de France: The History, The Legend, The Riders [NOOK Book]

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In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2013 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colourful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour enduring universal appeal.



The momentous 100th edition fully lived up to expectations and was the most exciting race in years. ...

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Overview

In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2013 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colourful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour enduring universal appeal.



The momentous 100th edition fully lived up to expectations and was the most exciting race in years. Mountains loomed large in one of the toughest routes since the Second World War, including a double ascent of the iconic l'Alpe d'Huez in just one day. The Briton Chris Froome, riding with panache and great courage, brought Team Sky its second victory in succession; the Colombian Nairo Quintana emerged as a climber of huge talent; and there was a welcome sense that a new generation of riders was turning its back on a murky past.



Laced with tales of great solo rides, amazing fortitude, terrible misfortune and triumph, Tour de France is the definitive account of this extraordinary competition. Named one of the top-five sports books of the year by both The Independent and The Times, it is the essential guide to the Tour.

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"A beast of a book which teems with energy."  —Herald

"Fife . . . has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence . . . a difficult book to put down."  —Cycle Sport

"A complex picture of what one of the world’s great sporting events feels like from the inside."  —Independent

"Fife has a keen eye for detail."  —Sunday Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780572086
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Graeme Fife is a full-time writer who has worked in radio and written a number of books, including Inside the Peloton and The Beautiful Machine. A keen cyclist, he has ridden all the celebrated cols of Tour legend.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note 7

Foreword 9

Preface 10

Jerseys of the Tour de France 29

1 L'Alpe d'Huez: Fear, Moral Strength and Eddy Merckx 31

2 Col du Glandon: Hinault and Fighting Spirit 51

3 Col du Télégraphe: Tours of the 1920s 78

4 Col du Galibier: The 1930s 104

5 Col d'Izoard: Coppi and the Modern Era 129

6 Col de Vars: Drugs in the Sport 151

7 Mont Ventoux: The British Riders 180

8 Tour '98: The Tour is Dead, Long Live the Tour 201

9 1999: The Tour of Renewal 211

10 2000: Answering the Cynics 227

11 2001: Armstrong v. Ullrich 241

12 2002: Armstrong's Four-Square Triumph 259

13 The Centenary 279

14 2004: A Historic Sixth 300

15 2005: Seventh Heaven: Armstrong's Last Tour 322

16 2006: The Crazy 'Bottle of Ink' Tour 346

17 2007: Sunshine in London … Squalls into Paris 373

18 2008: A Clean Start? 399

19 2009: The Comeback Tour 416

Afterword and Mythology 439

Index 451

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