The Official Treasures of the Tour de France is a celebration of the 100th edition of one of the world's most famed annual events.
Generally considered to be the greatest test of endurance in the sporting world, the Tour de France covers more than 2,200 miles in just over three weeks, climbing high into both the Alps and Pyrenees on a circular journey around France and briefly into neighbouring countries before ending on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees.
This brand-new edition comprises an authoritative narrative account of each major era in the sport, up to and including the 2012 Tour. There are features on the superstars and the memorable moments for each of the eras, so you can relive the dramatic events that entranced the millions who watched.
©2013 Serge Laget (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, despite its obvious shortfalls (rather brief; no photos in an audiobook; somewhat tame thesis). Listeners who are new to the history of this great race may enjoy the wonderful backstory of how the Tour came to be, and the crazy stories of its early iterations. The history of the race is, of course, inseparable to the histories of both 20th Century Europe and the Industrial Revolution, which makes for an intriguing perspective. For full disclosure, I am already a fan of the Tour de France, so I never tire of hearing the old familiar stories. There are not enough cycling audiobooks, and so we fans will listen to almost any of them. I was curious to hear the official viewpoint on the post-Armstrong era. The authors give an awkward "pass" to Miguel Indurain (whose name the narrator pronounces delightfully!), but otherwise they pull together a credible context for appreciating the race with a view to the long term.
"A little history helps"
It's in the papers. It's all over the Internet and of course, it's on TV. But I knew very little about it. I'm talking about the Tour de France. This audio book was a very easy listen. I learnt about the history of the cycle race and the people behind it. The gossip. The fanfare and the media facianation. I think I'm ready to sit I front of the TV for 3 weeks and enjoy the Tour.
Wonderful introductions to the stars of the Tour. From the champions of yesteryear through to last years winner.
There were a few moments that made me snigger, especially the stories about riders tricks in the early days. For example, it was not unheard of for a cyclist to get a train to the next town rather then peddle.
It passion an emotion come through when talking about the few cyclists who lost there lives.
Enjoyable and educational.
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