Le Tour: a history of the Tour de France, 1903-2003
Simon & Schuster, 15 aug. 2003 - 378 pagina's
When Henri Desgrange began a new bicycle road race in 1903, he saw it as little more than a temporary publicity stunt to promote his newspaper. The 60 cyclists who left Paris to ride through the night to Lyons that first July had little idea they were pioneers of the most famous of all bike races, which would reach its centenary as one of the greatest sporting events on earth. Geoffrey Wheatcroft's masterly history of the Tour de France's first hundred years is not just a hugely entertaining canter through some great Tour stories; nor is it merely a homage to the riders whose names- Coppi, Simpson, Mercx, Armstrong- are synonymous with the event's folly and glory. Focusing too on the race's role in French cultural life, it provides a unique and fascinating insight into Europe's 20th century.
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Review: Le Tour: A History of the Tour de FranceGebruikersrecensie - T100martin - Goodreads
A great book. I read Greame Fife's book 'Tour de France' a while back and was disappointed. This book gives a complete picture of the history of the Tour, along with details of the landscape, history ... Volledige recensie lezen
Review: Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France, 1903 -- 2003Gebruikersrecensie - Goodreads
I really enjoyed reading this. Very comprehensive and full of original angles on which to comment on the Tour's place in the sporting and social history of France in particular and Europe in general ...
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