The Unknown Tour de France: The Many Faces of the World's Greatest Bicycle Race (Cycling Resources Book)

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9781892495266: The Unknown Tour de France: The Many Faces of the World's Greatest Bicycle Race (Cycling Resources Book)

Just released August 2005, this new edition of the book is a fascinating account of what goes on behind the scenes in the Tour de France. Going back to the very first Tour and uip-to-date right up to the most recent edition, The Unknown Tour de France gives colorful accounts of the Tour, its organizers, and its participants.

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Author Les Woodland is a freelance writer specializing in bicycle racing. He has been following professional racing and the Tour de France for 30 years and has written for numerous cycling periodicals. He is also the author of The Crooked Path to Victory, an often amusing account of the use of drugs and cheating in professional bicycle racing--both now and in the past.

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Lance Armstrong captured the imagination of people around the globe by winning the Tour de France in 1999. Armstrong's strength of human spirit is precisely why millions of fans watch the race each July. Considering that the riders cover 2000 miles in 21 days, traveling through all kinds of terrain and weather, the Tour is arguably the toughest, most demanding bicycle road race in the world. In The Unknown Tour de France, veteran cycling reporter Woodland describes the event from a behind-the-scenes perspective. Woodland's book is a credible history, making good use of anecdote to detail how the Tour has changed since 1903. Moreover, the author chronicles the many colorful people involved and the drug scandals that continue to tarnish the competition. In contrast to Woodland's study, former competitive cyclist Startt's Tour de France/Tour de Force is a nostalgic look at the legendary challenge of endurance and skill, featuring hundreds of photographs and a list of results from 1903 to 1999. A special feature is an introduction by three-time winner Greg LeMond. What makes this title so captivating is the stunning collection of color photos. Although both publications are highly recommended and sure to be enjoyed by bicycling enthusiasts of all ages, public libraries may prefer to purchase Startt's pictorial history.DLarry R. Little Penticton P.L., BC
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