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The unknown Tour de France : the many faces of the world's biggest bicycle race
Woodland, Les, 1947-
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San Francisco, Calif. : Van der Plas, 2000.
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192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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GV1049.2.T68 W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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After more than 100 years now, the Tour de France is still the sport's premier event. But there's much more to the Tour than the daily stage victories and the Yellow Jersey. This book takes a closer look behind the scenes of the Tour. Les Woodland recounts many of the fascinating episodes from the Tour's past and present in a knowledgeable and humorous style. The Unknown Tour de France makes fascinating reading for everyone interested in the sport. You'll find out about the great champions of the early days, and those of the present time You'll find out about the men who started and promoted this great venture. Find out about "the foreign legion," the few early English-speaking riders who paved the way for such men as Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, and Tyler Hamilton.

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Library Journal Review

Lance Armstrong captured the imagination of people around the globe by winning the Tour de France in 1999. Armstrong's strength of human spirit is precisely why millions of fans watch the race each July. Considering that the riders cover 2000 miles in 21 days, traveling through all kinds of terrain and weather, the Tour is arguably the toughest, most demanding bicycle road race in the world. In The Unknown Tour de France, veteran cycling reporter Woodland describes the event from a behind-the-scenes perspective. Woodland's book is a credible history, making good use of anecdote to detail how the Tour has changed since 1903. Moreover, the author chronicles the many colorful people involved and the drug scandals that continue to tarnish the competition. In contrast to Woodland's study, former competitive cyclist Startt's Tour de France/Tour de Force is a nostalgic look at the legendary challenge of endurance and skill, featuring hundreds of photographs and a list of results from 1903 to 1999. A special feature is an introduction by three-time winner Greg LeMond. What makes this title so captivating is the stunning collection of color photos. Although both publications are highly recommended and sure to be enjoyed by bicycling enthusiasts of all ages, public libraries may prefer to purchase Startt's pictorial history.DLarry R. Little Penticton P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.