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

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One of sport's toughest ordeals, the three-week Tour de France sees riders pitted against all kinds of terrain and weather in unrelenting competition with their rivals. In this updated edition, Graeme Fife sets the 2009 race in the context of the event’s remarkable history, which began in July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a fast-paced narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colorful picture of the men whose exploits have given the ...

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Overview

One of sport's toughest ordeals, the three-week Tour de France sees riders pitted against all kinds of terrain and weather in unrelenting competition with their rivals. In this updated edition, Graeme Fife sets the 2009 race in the context of the event’s remarkable history, which began in July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a fast-paced narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colorful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour an enduring universal appeal.

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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: 9781845965631
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,406,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (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

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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  • 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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