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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great read

A wonderfulnderful collection of stories about the race and the people. I couldn't get enough.

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Good Book with some iritations

Where does Tour de France rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

The 2012 Tour and the interaction with Wiggins and Froome was very fascinating

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

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,

Any additional comments?

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.

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Boring

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

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr M P Morbey
  • 12-02-16

great listen for the great bike race

great listen for the great bike race. A full and thoroughly enjoyable account of the full history of le tour

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  • Adrian Mansfield
  • 11-18-16

Great if you're a bike nerd

I picked this up as I am keen viewer of the Tour and cyclist and wanted to get a better picture of some of the history.

You get that any so much more - in truth for me it was just too long and too much in the weeds to really be enjoyable.

If you're a bike geek or want to be on Mastermind with TDeF as specialist subject then this is 100% for you.

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  • TwistedAnimator
  • 03-28-17

Some good stories but a disjointed and now dated

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, despite the annoyances in both writing and performance

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

not that kind of book

What three words best describe Peter Wickham’s performance?

OK despite mispronunciations

Could you see Tour de France being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

There're some great little stories here but the (written before the revelations) Lance Armstrong stuff wears a little thin

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  • Rob_J
  • 01-16-17

Interesting view of the history of the TdF

Very engaging tale, however the views of the tours in which Armstrong rode, are now proven to be spectacularly naive.

You can tell it is written by a fan of the race and cycling, but the attacks on some of the print media of the late '90s and early 2000s, are again proven to be misplaced.

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  • Sam
  • 07-21-15

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

1 of 6 people found this review helpful