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In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2014 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 ...
In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2014 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.
Author's Note 7
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
Posted July 22, 2014
Right up there with the history of golf. i am a dutch street bike person myself and no hand brakes or gears. we have a bike museum here in sparta and good bike trails on the former railroad lines. Granny from spartaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 23, 2013