Tour de France: The Illustrated History

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Overview

The biggest bicycle race of all time started as a publicity stunt for a cycling magazine in 1903.

Every year since, almost one billion people follow the Tour de France, making it the third most popular sporting event after the Olympics and the World Cup. Often described as the equivalent of running twenty marathons in twenty days, the Tour's popularity in the United States has exploded, thanks largely to the performance of the American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won his fourth consecutive Tour de France in 2002.

Tour de France: The Illustrated History is packed with vivid, action-filled photographs and covers every aspect of the race, including:

  • The organizers
  • Technical advances
  • The scandals.

Cycling superstars Greg Lemond, Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain, and Lance Armstrong are featured.

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KLIATT
This famous—and famously grueling—cycling race, which covers over 2,200 miles in three weeks, will celebrate its centennial in July 2003. This book lovingly examines the evolution of the Tour. It began in 1903 as a publicity stunt, "a contest of pure endurance"; the intent of its founder, Henri Desgrange, was to promote his newspaper L'Auto, which reported the results. Lazell, who writes for Cycling Weekly and Cycle magazines, traces the history of the contest and describes each year's race, with detailed accounts of all the tragedies, scandals, and triumphs. She includes exciting finishes, battles, and crashes as well as profiles of racers and important locations. There are pages devoted to such legends as Lance Armstrong, and a "Records" section lists the winners in such categories as the King of the Mountains. The many large color and b/w photos add to the appeal of this volume, and a glossary helps with the various French terms. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Firefly, 192p. illus. index.,
— Paula Rohrlick
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The Tour de France began in 1903 as a publicity stunt by the race's founder, Henri Desgrange. He hoped to increase the circulation of his newspaper, L'Auto, by printing detailed accounts of each stage for his readers. The stunt worked, and not only did Desgrange sell more copies of his newspaper, but he also launched one of the world's most important athletic events. The Tour de France received little attention in the United States, however, until Greg Lemond did what no other American cyclist had ever done, finish in the top three. He followed that performance up with a second-place finish in 1985, winning his first stage. He eventually went on to win the event three times, becoming one of the world's most famous people. Today, American Lance Armstrong has done Lemond one better by winning the event four straight years and just achieved a remarkable fifth win in 2003. Lazell's book is a wonderful historical overview of the greatest cycling event in the world. It is chock full of more than two hundred photographs that show how the race and sport has changed since its early years. Each year is dealt with individually, telling both the history of that particular race and also the oddities that show the true passion some spectators have for this annual event. A map showing the original route with the one run in 2003, along with a "Tour Legends" section, add a nice touch. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Firefly, 192p. PLB
— Bradley Honigford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552977361
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/3/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Marguerite Lazell writes for Cycling Weekly and Cycle sport magazines. She has covered four Tour de Frances, the Olympics, and numerous World Championship and World Cup events.

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