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Tour de France | [Graeme Fife]

Tour de France

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Graeme Fife (P)2014 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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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    gary 10-08-14
    gary 10-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about Tour de France?

    it was hard to follow the accent made it more difficult to follow. Story jumps all over. I've never written a review before. This book suck I can't even finish it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graeme Fife again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Wickham’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I was enjoying the two previous books on the tour now I'm done

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Sam
    7/21/15
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    "Essential Listening for all cycling fans"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tour de France to be better than the print version?

    Much easier to listen when driving


    What other book might you compare Tour de France to, and why?

    The Bible it is quite long


    Which character – as performed by Peter Wickham – was your favourite?

    The dog


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no I'm up to 15 words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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