Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France

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Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France

Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France

  • Author: Geoffrey Wheatcroft
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1471128954
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 416
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Geoffrey Wheatcroft's hugely entertaining and well researched history of the Tour de France is already established as the definitive account of cycling's greatest event. Since the book was last published in 2007, much has changed. Bradley Wiggins' historic victory in 2012 - the first Briton ever to secure the yellow jersey - brought him a knighthood and garnered more interest in the race than ever before. Yet the months after were dominated by an even bigger story, as Tour legend and seven-time winner Lance Armstrong was stripped of his titles and confessed on Oprah to doping in each of his victories. Suddenly, everything that we thought we knew had happened was no longer true. In this new and comprehensively revised edition of the book, Wheatcroft not only brings his story of the Tour fully up to date to mark the race's 100th running in 2013, he also reflects on the changes brought about by the scandals that have rocked the sport to its core. Yet for all the controversies of modern times, he vividly captures the essential glory and romance of the heroes who battle to conquer one of sport's greatest challenges.

The Tour de France

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The Tour de France

The Tour de France

A Cultural History

  • Author: Christopher S. Thompson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520247604
  • Category: History
  • Page: 385
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A close-up history of the world's most famous bicycle race traces the evolution of the Tour de France from its inception in 1903 to the present day, bringing together the observations of tour organizers, racers, politicians, fans, and others to describe the event and its popularity, as well as current issues surrounding claims of doping by seven-time champion Lance Armstrong.

Tour de France

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Tour de France

Tour de France

A Cultural History

  • Author: Christopher S. Thompson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520934863
  • Category: Bicycle racing
  • Page: 406
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In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

Tour de France

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Tour de France

Tour de France

The Official 100th Race Anniversary Edition

  • Author: Françoise Laget,Gilles Montgermont,Philippe Cazaban,Serge Laget
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 178206415X
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 352
  • View: 438
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From its humble origins over a century ago to its present day glory, the Tour de France has always been a race that has inspired fascination. The exploits of the riders - Tommy Simpson's death of the slopes of Mont Ventoux, Lance Armstrong's controversial career and Bradley Wiggins' historic win - continue to enthral audiences worldwide. With unequalled access to the race's archives and a chronological approach building to the present day, this beautifully illustrated book commemorates the 100th race in style. The rivalries, passion and drama of the world's greatest cycling challenge are revealed through entertaining and authoritative commentary and breathtaking official photography. Featuring unique race content, route maps, profiles of key riders and a section dedicated to the vital statistics of every race, Tour de France is the definitive account of this historic event.

Pedalare! Pedalare!

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Pedalare! Pedalare!

Pedalare! Pedalare!

A History of Italian Cycling

  • Author: John Foot
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 0747595216
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 372
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The story of Italian cycling is the story of Italy in the twentieth century.

Road to Valor

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Road to Valor

Road to Valor

A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

  • Author: Aili McConnon,Andres McConnon
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN: 0307590666
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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The inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After the grueling wartime years, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog came back to win the 1948 Tour de France, an exhilarating performance that helped unite his fractured homeland. Based on nearly ten years of research, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to explore the full scope of Bartali’s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, resilience, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.

Mapping Le Tour: The unofficial history of all 100 Tour de France races

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Mapping Le Tour: The unofficial history of all 100 Tour de France races

Mapping Le Tour: The unofficial history of all 100 Tour de France races

  • Author: Ellis Bacon
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 000758542X
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 312
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Recommended for viewing on colour device. Mapping Le Tour charts the course of every race route in cycling’s most prestigious event, including a special section on the 2014 Tour de France.

Fraud, Corruption and Sport

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Fraud, Corruption and Sport

Fraud, Corruption and Sport

  • Author: G. Brooks,A. Aleem,M. Button
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137290714
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 206
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This book offers historical and contemporary international analysis of fraud and corruption in sport, including a diverse range of cases from the sporting world including football, cricket, horse racing and boxing.

Le Tour de France

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Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France

The Official History

  • Author: Serge Laget,Luke Edwardes-Evans,Andy McGrath
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • ISBN: 9781787390850
  • Category: Bicycle racing
  • Page: 176
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Le Tour de France is the official publication on the history of the event, written in association with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) by three experts. It is a celebration of one of the world's most famed annual events, which is generally considered the greatest test of endurance in the sporting world. This brand new edition comprises an authoritative narrative account of each major era up to and including the 2017 Tour - when Britain's Chris Froome joined an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners - with more than 300 photographs, some dating back to the nineteenth century. There are features on the superstars and memorable moments for each era. The photos include souvenir brochures, period newspapers, posters, stickers, postcards and items of correspondence, together with action shots of all the major stars both in the saddle and associated with what is universally known as Le Tour.

The Official History of the Tour de France

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The Official History of the Tour de France

The Official History of the Tour de France

  • Author: Serge Laget
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • ISBN: 9781787392960
  • Category: Tour de France (Bicycle race)
  • Page: 176
  • View: 5801
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Generally considered the greatest test of endurance in sports, the Tour de France covers more than 2,200 miles in just over three weeks. This lavish, updated history offers brand-new stories, 300 photographs (some dating back to the nineteenth century), features on the superstars, and memorable moments of each era. The images include souvenir brochures, period newspapers, posters, stickers, postcards, and correspondence, plus action shots of the major stars.