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Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the World's Greatest Race

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Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the World's Greatest Race
Richard Moore
224 pages

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The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world*s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. In its 100 runnings*the race was interrupted twice by war*it has cast its spotlight on some of the greatest athletes of all time, who fought their way across France*s magnificent landscape in pursuit of victory and the yellow jersey worn by the Tour*s overall leader.

In Tour de France 100, award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race*s extraordinary history.

Vividly reproduced photos abound of heroes of the race, from pioneers like Octave Lapize and Eugène Christophe*first to wear the yellow jersey*to legendary warriors like Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. The great battles*Fausto Coppi versus Gino Bartali, Greg LeMond versus Bernard Hinault*are richly told, as is the shocking death of Tom Simpson and the controversial disgrace of Lance Armstrong. And the high drama of the modern era, represented by super-sprinter Mark Cavendish and the droll Bradley Wiggins, is fully covered as well.

There is nothing else that compares to the Tour, and Tour de France 100 is a superb celebration, as well as a keepsake of the Tour*s 100th edition that will be treasured by all cyclists and bike racing fans.

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