The History, The Legend, The Riders
An all-encompassing history of the Tour de France that brings the story right up to date with all the action from the 2011 race
In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2011 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colourful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour an enduring universal appeal.
With tales of great solo rides, amazing fortitude, terrible misfortune and triumph, Tour de France is the definitive account of this extraordinary competition. Named one of the top-five sports books of the year by both The Independent and The Times, it is the essential guide to the Tour.
“Fife . . . has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence. This is a difficult book to put down”
“A complex picture of what one of the world's great sporting events feels like from the inside”
“Fife has a keen eye for detail”
“This is a beast of a book which teems with energy”