Tour De France: The History, The Legend, The Riders

Author(s): Graeme Fife


In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2014 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 enduring universal appeal. The momentous 100th edition fully lived up to expectations and was the most exciting race in years. Mountains loomed large in one of the toughest routes since the Second World War, including a double ascent of the iconic l'Alpe d'Huez in just one day. The Briton Chris Froome, riding with panache and great courage, brought Team Sky its second victory in succession; the Colombian Nairo Quintana emerged as a climber of huge talent; and there was a welcome sense that a new generation of riders was turning its back on a murky past. 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.


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An all-encompassing history of the Tour de France that brings the story right up to date with all the action from the 2014 race

"This is a beast of a book which teems with energy" The Herald "Fife ... has an infectious enthusiasm for the Tour and it shows in every sentence. This is a difficult book to put down" Cycle Sport "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

Graeme Fife is a full-time writer who has worked 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.

General Fields

  • : 9781780576824
  • : Mainstream Publishing
  • : Mainstream Publishing
  • : September 2014
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Graeme Fife
  • : Paperback
  • : 796.6079
  • : 560
  • : 1 x 8pp colour and b/w