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The Story of the Tour de France

The Story of the Tour de France

1965-2007

  • Author: Bill McGann,Carol McGann
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • ISBN: 1598586084
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 392
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What they are saying about The Story of the Tour de France: After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann's The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any. Most of my preferred references are in French, one runs to over 800 pages, yet the McGanns' opus revealed information new to me in almost every paragraph. Their research has been not only impeccable, but insightful. -Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle and Cycling's Golden Age The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World by Bill and Carol McGann is a must read. -Road Bike Action Magazine For any historian of the sport the McGanns'Tour de France history is essential reading. Details of the stages and the riders are not glossed over. For those who are new to the sport, the McGanns bring the glory days of the sport alive with the intrigue that still exists today. Epic stages that might have faded into oblivion are eloquently recounted so that future generation of cyclists will know the rich history of our beautiful sport. -Neil Browne, editor, Road Magazine Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic character, like Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. The McGanns' passionate and insightful writing evokes the raucous cast of riders, promoters, and journalists thrusting through highs and lows worthy of opera. This volume stands out as a must-read book for anyone seeking to appreciate cycling's race of races. -Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport and Hearts of Lions Volume 1 of The Story of the Tour de France concluded with Jacques Anquetil's record setting fifth Tour win. Volume 2 opens with the greatest Italian racer of the modern age, Felice Gimondi and his effortless victory at the young age of 22. Despite his extraordinary talent, he never won the Tour again. Starting in 1969, Eddy Merckx began his run of 5 victories. Bernard Hinault, who also managed to win 5, followed him. Unable to fulfill his destiny as a likely 5-time winner because of a hunting accident, LeMond won the Tour 3 times. LeMond's era was followed by the remarkable Spaniard Miguel Indurain, the first man to win the Tour 5 times in a row. The late 1990s were a time of extreme crisis for the Tour as the culture of doping within the professional cycling community erupted into the scandal of 1998. The Story of the Tour de France deals with this episode at length. Emerging from a near-fatal bout of cancer, Lance Armstrong went on to do what no other rider in the Tour's long history had ever been able to accomplish, win the Tour 7 times. Following Armstrong's retirement, the Tour was again seized by scandal, this time Floyd Landis' disqualification for drugs after winning the 2006 Tour. The book concludes with the story of the 2007 Tour, followed by a quest for the greatest ever Tour de France rider and an epilogue that explains the reasons for the extraordinary success of the Tour. Bill and Carol McGann have had their lives inextricably tied up with bicycles about as long as they can remember. Their first date was a bike ride. Bill, formerly a Category 1 racer, has been a contributor to several cycling magazines and is widely acknowledged as an expert on road bikes and cycling history. Since his father gave him a small 1-speed English lightweight bicycle when he was 5 years old, Bill has been in love with everything about bikes. Carol, a former college biology instructor is also an accomplished rider, having cycle-toured extensively. Together they started Torelli Imports in 1981, a firm specializing in high-performance cycle equipment.

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

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

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
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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.

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.

Tour de France/Tour de Force

Tour de France/Tour de Force

A Visual History of the Worlds Greatest Bicycle Race

  • Author: James Startt
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 158
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Three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond offers an introduction to this richly illustrated study of the legendary bicycle race, tracing the history of the Tour from 1903 to the present and profiling the extraordinary athletes who take part in the grueling, two-thousand-mile, twenty-one-day event.

Tour de France Champions

Tour de France Champions

An A-Z

  • Author: Giles Belbin
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0750995386
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 272
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The Tour de France is a race like no other, so perhaps it’s no surprise that it attracts racers like no other. The winner of the second Tour actually came fifth – but the four racers before him were disqualified for cheating. The 1932 champion credits his win with saving him from capture by the Nazis, as the soldiers recognised him from the podium. One of Britain’s best cyclists of the modern era only got into European racing by forging an email. Tour de France Champions is a journey to the summit of cycling, looking at those who have taken on the roads and mountains of France to prevail above all others and win cycling’s greatest prize. Giles Belbin presents the stories of all those who have claimed the original and greatest Grand Tour, the one race that still transcends the sport of cycling: the Tour de France.

The Tour de France 1903-2002

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
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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.

The Secret Race

The Secret Race

Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

  • Author: Daniel Coyle,Tyler Hamilton
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448167159
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner in Boulder, Colorado. Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton would tell Coyle his story, and his sport's story, in explosive detail, never sparing himself in the process. In a way, he became as obsessed with telling the truth as he had been with winning the Tour de France just a few years before. The truth would set Tyler free, but would also be the most damning indictment yet of teammates like Lance Armstrong. The result of this determination is The Secret Race, a book that pulls back the curtain and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before. A world populated by unbelievably driven – and some flawed – characters. A world where the competition used every means to get an edge, and the options were stark. A world where it often felt like there was no choice.