The Unknown Tour De France (Hardcover)

The Many Faces of the World's Biggest Bicycle Race

By Les Woodland

Van der Plas/Cycle Publishing, 9781892495631, 152pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

List Price: 39.95*
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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 new edition of the 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 book is greatly enhance by the more than 150 beautifully reproduced period photographs in duotone.

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 others.

About the Author

Les Woodland is a cycling writer and journalist who has followed the professional racing scene for 30 years. His previous books include The Unknown Tour de France, which was also published by Van der Plas Publications. He lives alternately in East Anglia, Ingland, and near Toulouse in France.

Praise For The Unknown Tour De France: The Many Faces of the World's Biggest Bicycle Race

"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." — Larry R. Little Penticton P.L., BCLibrary Journal