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The official Tour de France centennial, 1903-2003
Armstrong, Lance.
Publication Information:
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States of America by Sterling Pub. Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
359 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
General Note:
Translation of: 100 ans de Tour de France.
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GV1046.F83 T62 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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The only guide to the race that's fully endorsed by the organizers of the Tour de France, the only one with unrestricted access to the archives--"and the only one with a foreword by Lance Armstrong "
Celebrate a century in the life of the world's most thrilling sport
The Tour de France is an event unrivalled in sports, filled with unparalleled passion, adventure, and sheer physical difficulty. Here is the definitive, official record of that thrilling sporting phenomenon, produced in collaboration with L'Equipe, France's premier sports daily and including a foreword by the four-time Tour de France winner and international sports celebrity, Lance Armstrong, who will be competing again this year. With access to the Tour de France's own archives, this huge, lushly photographed volume chronicles the race from its raw origins a century ago to its current position as the world's greatest sporting challenge. From Lance Armstrong's incredible comeback from cancer to Tommy Simpson's death on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the event has been the stage for memorable triumphs and heartrending tragedies.
Year by year, follow the grit and glory, the victory and defeat, the bravery and controversy, in the words of the players themselves. Through oversize photographs, track the race through the hundreds and hundreds of miles pedaled by competitors such as Maurice Garin, the first winner; Jacques Anquetil and Eddie Merckx, both four-time champions; Miguel Indurain and Bernard Hilault, who each won a breathtaking five times; and of course, Armstrong, the newest multiple victor. Every inch is filled with drama.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This official book, endorsed by the race organizers and produced with L'Equipe, France's daily sports magazine, is one of several titles published for the Tour de France's 100th anniversary. There's a foreword by four-time winner Armstrong, along with an eye-catching photo of him on the jacket. The book begins with a brief history of the race, then follows with a year-by-year summary of each event. For each race year, there are stats detailing the winners of the event and the various stages along with photos. Most of the photos for the first 30 years are standard publicity shots but the color photos of the past 20 years are more action-oriented. The writing is stylish and exuberant. About the 1992 race: "Simply sublime! On 14 June 1992, Miguel Indur in rode victoriously into Milan, having won the Giro d'Italia by virtue of extraordinary aggression in the time trials, impenetrable defense in the mountains and an almost infallible ability to read the race. On 4 July, he brought the same skills to the 1992 Tour de France and won the Prologue at San Sebastian, in front of massive and adoring Basque crowds." About Lance Armstrong in 1993: "Lance Armstrong is going to be a force to be reckoned with. With a name like Armstrong, it's only a matter of time." This is an attractive coffee-table book, but probably only serious fans will read it all. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Unequivocally the world's greatest cycling race, the Tour de France is an arduous three-week, 20-stage ride that tests both the physical fitness and the mental toughness of its participants. These two books pay homage to the event in different ways. A beautiful coffee-table work produced in collaboration with the French sports daily, L'Equipe, The Official Tour de France celebrates the race's centenary this year. Interspersed throughout this definitive, year-by-year account are wonderful photographs, 200 in color and 500 in black and white. In an appendix, readers will find information on podium placings, total victories by riders, champions by nation, and winners of the yellow, green, and polka-dot jerseys. With a foreword by Lance Armstrong. Speaking of Armstrong, one quickly runs out of superlatives to describe the four-time Tour de France winner who has survived testicular, brain, and lung cancer. In his previous biography, It's Not About the Bike, also co-written with Washington Post journalist Jenkins, he documented his early life and career and his battle with cancer, culminating with his first Tour victory. Every Second Counts chronicles the challenge an athlete faces living in the aftermath of his experiences, when each day is a precious gift. The work describes his recent cycling achievements, being cancer-free for five years, and dedication to the foundation that bears his name, which helps cancer patients worldwide. An inspirational read that has the makings of another best seller. Both books are worthy additions for all public libraries. [Armstrong's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/03.]-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.