Tour de France: The History, the Legend, the Riders

Tour de France: The History, the Legend, the Riders

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by Graeme Fife
     
 

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The 2007 Tour de France started triumphantly in London but ended with yet another drugs furore: four riders (including two race favourites) excluded, a morass of accusation and suspicion, and the intrusion of lawyers more interested in legal wrangling than sport. It was nearly a disaster.

Graeme Fife examines the complex interplay of officialdom at loggerheads, a

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The 2007 Tour de France started triumphantly in London but ended with yet another drugs furore: four riders (including two race favourites) excluded, a morass of accusation and suspicion, and the intrusion of lawyers more interested in legal wrangling than sport. It was nearly a disaster.

Graeme Fife examines the complex interplay of officialdom at loggerheads, a few riders in denial, most riders advancing goodwill and intent against doping and an unholy mess at the heart of what remains one of the greatest and most awe-inspiring free sporting spectacles on earth.

In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Fife sets this year's scandal in the context of the event's remarkable history, which began in July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacey narrative style, Fife 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 event and has previously been named one of the top-five sports books of the year by both The Independent and The Times.

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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. This is a difficult book to put down."  —Cycle Sport

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845963224
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

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

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Tour de France: The History, The Legend, The Riders 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book