Tour de France: Three Weeks to Glory

Tour de France: Three Weeks to Glory

by Samuel Abt

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Abt's bicycle racing books ( LeMond: The Incredible Comeback of an American Hero , LJ 5/1/90; In High Gear: The World of Professional Bicycle Racing , LJ 6/15/89) get better each year. In this latest, he offers an excellent history of the world's biggest and most famous bicycle race, the three-week, multi-stage, 200-rider, 22-team event covering some 3400 kilometers of France known as the Tour de France. Started as a publicity stunt in 1903 by two rival newspapers, it has since been held annually during July (except during World Wars I and II). Abt is able to convey the character of the race's founders and riders, along with the excitement, chaos, politics, business, and international importance of this famous event. While his record of the 1984 race Breakaway ( LJ 8/85) was somewhat disjointed, this is excellent. The absence of an index and bibliography is unfortunate, but Abt's fine work is highly recommended. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs.

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