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An all-encompassing history of the Tour de France that brings the story right up to date with all the action from the 2012 race.
 
In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2012 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he ...

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Overview

An all-encompassing history of the Tour de France that brings the story right up to date with all the action from the 2012 race.
 
In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2012 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 an enduring universal appeal.
 
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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   • "Fife... has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence. This is a difficult book to put down." —Cycle Sport
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780575520
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Fourteenth Edition, 14th edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,401,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GRAEME FIFE is a full-time writer who has worked much 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
L'Alpe d'Huez: Fear, Moral Strength and Eddy Merckx     31
Col du Glandon: Hinault and Fighting Spirit     51
Col du Telegraphe: Tours of the 1920s     78
Col du Galibier: The 1930s     104
Col d'Izoard: Coppi and the Modern Era     129
Col de Vars: Drugs in the Sport     151
Mont Ventoux: The British Riders     180
Tour '98: The Tour is Dead, Long Live the Tour     201
1999: The Tour of Renewal     211
2000: Answering the Cynics     227
2001: Armstrong v. Ullrich     241
2002: Armstrong's Four-Square Triumph     259
The Centenary     279
2004: A Historic Sixth     300
2005: Seventh Heaven: Armstrong's Last Tour     322
2006: The Crazy 'Bottle of Ink' Tour     346
2007: Sunshine in London ... Squalls into Paris     373
Afterword and Mythology     400
Index     412
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Excellent but limited to those who are fans of this sport.

    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 sparta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Love it

    Great book

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