The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world’s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. In its 100 runnings—the race was interrupted twice by war—it has cast its spotlight on some of the greatest athletes of all time, who fought their way across France’s magnificent landscape in pursuit of victory and the yellow jersey worn by the Tour’s overall leader.
In Tour de France 100, award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.
Vividly reproduced photos abound of heroes of the race, from pioneers like Octave Lapize and Eugène Christophe—first to wear the yellow jersey—to legendary warriors like Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. The great battles—Fausto Coppi versus Gino Bartali, Greg LeMond versus Bernard Hinault—are richly told, as is the shocking death of Tom Simpson and the controversial disgrace of Lance Armstrong. And the high drama of the modern era, represented by super-sprinter Mark Cavendish and the droll Bradley Wiggins, is fully covered as well.
There is nothing else that compares to the Tour, and Tour de France 100 is a superb celebration, as well as a keepsake of the Tour’s 100th edition that will be treasured by all cyclists and bike racing fans.
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About the Author
Richard Moore is a journalist, author, and former bike racer. He is the author of Slaying the Badger, The Dirtiest Race in History, Sky’s the Limit, and Heroes, Villains & Velodromes, and has contributed to Rouleur, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. His book In Search of Robert Millar won the Best Biography award in 2008 at the British Sports Book Awards.
Table of Contents
1 The Circle of Death, 1903-1914
2 The Yellow Jersey, 1919-1929
3 The Giants of the Road, 1930-1947
4 The Greatest Show on Earth, 1948-1952
5 Bobet and the Bald Mountain, 1953-1960
6 Master Jacques and the Eternal Second, 1961-1968
7 The Cannibal, 1969-1977
8 The Badger, 1978-1985
9 Anglo Invasion, 1986-1990
10 A Dark Shadow, 1991-1998
11 The Armstrong Era, 1999-2005
12 Aussie and British Rules, 2006-2012
Titans of the Tour
Tour de France Winners 1903-2012
Acknowledgments & Photo Credits
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great book. Great photos and interesting behind the scenes stories.