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.

Le Tour

A History of the Tour de France, 1903-2007


Author: Jeremy Whittle,Duncan Steer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780954549350

Category: Tour de France (Bicycle race)

Page: 256

View: 1778

The Tour de France is one of the most gruelling, exacting, and exciting events on the world's sporting calendar. This book provides a visually stunning journey through the 106 years of the Tour and, with it, the changing face of France. The images in the book cover all aspects of the life of the Tour, from road-side spectators to competitors, marshalls, and the majestic scenery of a beautiful country. With a foreword by Greg LeMond, three-time winner and the first American ever to win the Tour.

The Tour de France 1903-2002

A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values


Author: Hugh Dauncy,Geoff Hare

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714653624

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 289

View: 9264

This book analyses the Tour de France over its long history both as France's most prestigious and famous sporting event and as a European and, increasingly, a world cycling competition. This study provides interdisciplinary and varied perspectives on the sporting, cultural, social, economic and political significance of the Tour within and outside France, giving a comprehensive and authoritative investigation of up-to-the minute thinking on what the Tour means, now and in the past, to competitors, to France, to the French public, to the cultural history of sport, and the sport of cycling itself.

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

View: 5997

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.

Mapping Le Tour

The Journey of the First 100 Tour de France Races


Author: Ellis Bacon

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007509782

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 2422

Celebrate the 100th year of Tour de France with a complete guide including details of the 2013 race With a map of each edition of the Tour de France, along with photographs, text on the history of the race, and lists of the stages, winners, and key statistics, this guide is essential for any cycling fan. Each Tour de France race map is accompanied by statistics, including race and stage distances, highest point, number of starters and finishers, average speed, and jersey winners. Twenty of Le Tour's iconic locations—many of which have featured in the Etape du Tour—are put under the spotlight, and an extended section on the 2013 race is included, with detailed maps and statistics on each of this year's stages.

Great Adventures


Author: Lonely Planet

Publisher: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 1743601026

Category: Travel

Page: 319

View: 5437

This beautiful hardback takes the reader on 75 of the most amazing adventures on the planet. From the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Everest to less strenuous but equally inspiring experiences like kayaking with orcas in Canada and cycling Vietnam's backroads, this is the definitive companion to the world's most spectacular adventures. With stunning photographs, sumptuous descriptions and practical information, this inspirational coffee table book will delight armchair explorers and bone fide adventurers alike. 'While it is lovely to linger over the stunning photos, there is a lot more to this sumptuously designed title - a follow-up to Great Journeys - than meets the eye? This is a perfect gift for the traveller in your life who might be tempted to ride the Tour de France's high passes or paraglide from Mont Blanc's pearly summit.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Whether you're active or just love reading about action, there's something here for everyone.' Australian Associated Press 'If you liked Lonely Planet's Great Journeys, you'll love the next in the series - Great Adventures? Even if you're not planning a trip it's great for armchair travelling.' The Times About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Pedalare! Pedalare!

A History of Italian Cycling


Author: John Foot

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0747595216

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 372

View: 6883

The story of Italian cycling is the story of Italy in the twentieth century.

The Tour de France

A Cultural History


Author: Christopher S. Thompson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520247604

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 7000

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.

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

View: 5331

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.