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  • Published: 20 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787290471
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

Roule Britannia

Great Britain and the Tour de France

William Fotheringham's critically acclaimed history of Britons in the Tour de France now fully revised and updated to include the Geraint Thomas 2018 victory.

How did Great Britain conquer the Tour de France?
In 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history by becoming the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France. Since that moment the UK has been living through the golden era in the world's greatest bike race, with four overall titles for Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas winning for Wales in 2018, and Manxman Mark Cavendish proving the race's most prolific sprinter.

In Roule Britannia, number one bestselling author William Fotheringham, charts British cycling's rise to the top and provides us with the definitive account of the nation’s Tour de France achievements through exclusive interviews with and profiles of cycling champions - from the early days of Brian Robinson to Bradley Wiggins's dominant ride via Tom Simpson, Robert Millar, Chris Boardman and many others, Roule Britannia celebrates a nation's love affair with the greatest race of all.

‘Brilliant...tells each story with passion and sensitivity’ Sunday Times

  • Pub date: 20 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787290471
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

William Fotheringham

William Fotheringham is the number-one bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. He writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby and is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called `the best cycling biography ever written’. A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France.

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Praise for Roule Britannia

“Brilliant...tells each story with passion and sensitivity”

Sunday Times

“Painstakingly resarched...a fascinating insight”


“Highly readable”

Daily Mail

“William Fothering's book is painstakingly researched and gives a fascinating insight into the workings of the Tour.”

The Independent

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