Etape: The Untold Stories of the Tour de France's Defining Stages

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9780007500109: Etape: The Untold Stories of the Tour de France's Defining Stages

In ETAPE, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore will take readers on a virtual Tour de France, with each chapter focusing on a single rider in a single stage that came to define the Tour's history In Etape, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore tells the stories behind some of the defining stages in the Tour de France's history through the eyes of the protagonists: the heroes and villains, stars and journeymen. Featuring exclusive new interviews with Mark Cavendish, Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond, David Millar, Chris Boardman and many other Tour riders past and present, Etape spans six decades in conveying the mystery, beauty and madness of the world's greatest bike race. The book includes Boardman's famous debut in 1994, Cavendish's best and worst stages, an emotionally charged win for Armstrong in Limoges in 1995 and his dramatic, drug-fuelled victory eight years later at Luz Ardiden, as well as iconic stages featuring giants of the sport: Merckx's toughest Tour, Hinault's journey through hell, LeMond's return from near-death, and the tragic Marco Pantani's domination of the most controversial race in Tour history, among others. From the Alps to the Pyrenees, the sun-soaked plains of the midi to the rain-lashed cobbles of the north, Etape takes the reader on a virtual Tour. Along the way, in shedding new light on familiar events, unravelling mysteries and exploring untold stories, it confirms the Tour de France as unrivalled in its creation of myths and legends, and as a stage for courage, scandal, skill, and drama.

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In ETAPE, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore will take readers on a virtual Tour de France, with each chapter focusing on a single rider in a single stage that came to define the Tour's history Chris Boardman's 'superbike' ride at the Prologue in 1994; Lance Armstrong's now infamous stage 3 in 2009; Sean Yates' time trial at Wasquehal in 1988; these and other stages have earned a place in our memory and come to define the Tour de France throughout its 100-year history. In ETAPE, acclaimed author Richard Moore looks back at the pivotal moments in the world's most celebrated road race to explore that indefinable quality of greatness. These rides may not all have ended with victory - in fact some are moments of glorious failure - but each contributed something to our lasting memory of the sport and thrilled and entertained us in the way that only great sporting endeavour can. ETAPE is a thoughtful, engaging and vividly recounted story of sporting greatness full of unique insights and details that will shift as much as confirm our appreciation of the sport.

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Richard Moore is a critically acclaimed and best-selling author who specialises in writing about cycling. His first book for HarperSport, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His Heroes, Villains and Velodromes was a bestseller for HarperSport in 2008, and in 2009 he ghosted Chris Hoy's autobiography. He is also the author of the Sunday Times best-seller, Sky's the Limit, which went behind the scenes to reveal the success at Team Sky, as well as Slaying the Badger, the story of the 1986 Tour de France, and The Dirtiest Race in History, which was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

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Moore, Richard
Published by HarperSport (2014)
ISBN 10: 0007500106 ISBN 13: 9780007500109
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