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

A Photographic History of the World's Greatest Race

By Richard Moore

VeloPress, 9781937715069, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

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Description

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 Eugene 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.


About the Author

Richard Moore is a journalist, author, and former bike racer. He is the author of "Slaying the Badger," "The Dirtiest Race in History," "Sky s the Limit," and "Heroes, Villains & Velodromes," and has contributed to "Rouleur, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Guardian," and "The Sunday Times." His book "In Search of Robert Millar" won the Best Biography award in 2008 at the British Sports Book Awards.

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

Praise for Richard Moore's book Slaying the Badger

"[Slaying the Badger is] a gripping narrative of this psychological and physical three-week war." — Wall Street Journal

“Rich in drama and emotion. As racing books go, Moore’s book just might be the greatest ever.” — Outside magazine

"From the opening pages, this is a book that grips. Combining great insight, interviews and anecdotes with wonderfully vivid writing, it is thoroughly researched and well written." — Scotland on Sunday

“[Slaying the Badger offers] intriguing insight into one of professional cycling's greatest rivalries…Where Slaying the Badger succeeds is in making such a well-known story so readable." — Bike Radar

"Richard Moore's excellent new book Slaying the Badger reexamines the mythology of this great race, attempting to shed new light on the motivations of these two great riders and what really happened on the roads of France in the summer of '86. What helps set Moore's book apart is the array of characters he brings to the story…A thrilling read." — Red Kite Prayer

“[Moore assembles] a stellar cast of interviewees, about twenty in all…The stars are, inevitably, Hinault and LeMond themselves, both with their own memories of what did and did not happen. But they're almost outshone by three of the supporting cast…For those three interviews alone, Slaying The Badger is worth reading.” — Podium Cafe

"Both men invite Moore into their homes: a privilege that clearly took some badger-like tenacity to secure. But it was worth the effort as Moore gains fresh insight into the rivalry." — East Anglian Daily Times

"Captivating...Slaying the Badger is a mixture of clear-eyed journalistic analysis and unashamed nostalgia." — The Times Literary Supplement

"Masterly, relevant and intriguing." — The Washing Machine Post

"Moore entertainingly unravels the complexities of the relationships within the peloton." — Guardian

"Moore magnificently offers a fresh perspective, bringing alive this supreme tussle…A gripping read." — Blazin' Saddles, a blog from Eurosport.com

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