In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2012 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. Moreover, the book now celebrates a truly historic event: The 99th edition of the race was won, for the first time, by a Briton.
Bradley Wiggins pedalled into the record books, in company with his teammates Christopher Froome, who came second, and Mark Cavendish, the current world road race champion, whose 23 stage wins make him make him the Tour's most prolific sprinter. Laced 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. Graeme Fife is a full-time writer who has worked much in radio and written a number of books, including Inside the Peloton and The Beautiful Machine. A keen cyclist, he has ridden all the celebrated cols of Tour legend.
"A complex picture of what one of the world's great sporting events feels like from the inside" (The Independent)"Fife has a keen eye for detail" (Sunday Times)"[Fife] has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence. This is a difficult book to put down" (Cycle Sport)"This is a beast of a book which teems with energy" (The Herald)
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Good Book with some iritations
Tour de France is only my second audio book and I did enjoy it. I'm an avid cyclist and a fan of the Tour so the subject matter was very enjoyable.
I started watching the Tour in 2014 and became an instant fan. I really liked getting the history of the Tour and the important players in the development of the race and how it was shaped. The best part of the book was the more current years 2010 - 2013 as it filled a lot of the gaps.
The 2012 Tour and the interaction with Wiggins and Froome was very fascinating
I found myself wanting to grab my bike and start riding as I was listening to this book. It gave me the same feeling and reaction as when I watch the Tour on TV,
There are 2 things about this book that bothered me, The first was the story jumps around a lot especially in the first half of the book. I couldn't tell half the time which year the rider being referenced was from or when certain events occurred because he would just pick riders out of time and start talking about them.The other was the pronunciations. I saw other reviewers mention this, but didn't affect me until the narrator started on the more current Tour stories. I could not get over the Porter (Porte). Was like nails on chalkboard.