The only guide to the race that's fully endorsed by the organizers of the Tour de France, the only one with unrestricted access to the archives--and the only one with a foreword by Lance Armstrong!
Celebrate a century in the life of the world's most thrilling sport
The Tour de France is an event unrivalled in sports, filled with unparalleled passion, adventure, and sheer physical difficulty. Here is the definitive, official record of that thrilling sporting phenomenon, produced in collaboration with L'Equipe, France's premier sports daily and including a foreword by the four-time Tour de France winner and international sports celebrity, Lance Armstrong, who will be competing again this year. With access to the Tour de France's own archives, this huge, lushly photographed volume chronicles the race from its raw origins a century ago to its current position as the world's greatest sporting challenge. From Lance Armstrong's incredible comeback from cancer to Tommy Simpson's death on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the event has been the stage for memorable triumphs and heartrending tragedies.
Year by year, follow the grit and glory, the victory and defeat, the bravery and controversy, in the words of the players themselves. Through oversize photographs, track the race through the hundreds and hundreds of miles pedaled by competitors such as Maurice Garin, the first winner; Jacques Anquetil and Eddie Merckx, both four-time champions; Miguel Indurain and Bernard Hilault, who each won a breathtaking five times; and of course, Armstrong, the newest multiple victor. Every inch is filled with drama.
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L'Equipe is France's premier sports newspaper. In 1903 it founded the Tour de France and its archives contain the world's most complete record of the race. Lance Armstrong is the record 6-time winner of the Tour de France.Review:
TOUR DE FRANCE has been selling extremely well and has made number 6 in THE SUNDAY TIMES bestseller list! Reviews for TOUR DE FRANCE have been very good:'The Official Tour de France Centennial 1903 - 2003 is the English version of a weighty tome. This is a glossy definitive history with several pages devoted to each race from its inception and includes route maps, the riders, the bicycles, the mountains and the epic battles for yellow, plus all the scandals and statistics. It is packed with many magnificent photographs taken from the archives of L'Equipe. It is a marvellous reference book and exceptional value.' THE TIMES 30/6/03 THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY featured a round-up of cycling books by Simon O'Hagan: 'In its official history, Weidenfeld has had the advantage of unfettered access to the archives of L'Equipe, the French daily sports paper which in its original guise as L'Auto magazine was the organization that founded the Tour.' (29/6/03) THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ran a full-page feature on the Tour with photos and a credit for the book (30/6/03) THE GUARDIANfeatured a round-up of cycling books (5/7/03) 'stunningly illustrated'. 'Just like the race itself 'The Official Tour de France Centennial' is a gigantic, glamorous affair... what really makes this book special is the mix of writing styles that so accurately reflect the race... The prose is elegant, occasionally pompous, and always with a hint of chauvinism that has helped keep theTour an undeniably French event even in a global environment. The official Tour centenary publication is a glorious tribute to the race itself.' CYCLING WEEKLY (19/7/03) 'This 359 page book is the biggest we've received to date, and from its coverage of the 1903 event to 2003, it keeps your interest. Not least through its use of large format photography, where pictures really do say it all - far more succinctly than words... this is a magnificent record of a century of the greatest show on earth... Magnificent warts and all look at the greatest bike ride on earth.' CYCLING PLUS (1/9/03) LONDON CYCLIST ran a compare-and-contrast review with the Carlton book, which gave our book the edge over photos. THE SPECTATOR will be reviewing. ORIENT EXPRESS magazine haverun an extract of photographs from TOUR DE FRANCE in their June issue.
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