The Yellow Jersey Companion to the Tour de France

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Les Woodland
Random House, 2007 - Cyclists - 414 pages
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The Yellow Jersey Companion to the Tour de France might just tell you everything you've ever wanted to know about the world's greatest sporting event.

We won't just give you the name of every stage winner; every mountain and the first to top them; the age of each overall winner; a complete list of all the stage finishes since the race began - we'll tell you all the unknown stories too. We'll tell you about the rider forced to crawl along the finish line in search of his glass eye; the exhausted man who hitched a ride on the back of a donkey; the Tour star denied his yellow jersey hours after he'd won it, and the journeyman competitor who never got to wear his because someone drove away with it.

On our alphabetical ride through the Tour's one-hundred-year history we'll share with you the inside stories of the great stars - Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, and Lance Armstrong to name a few; we'll outline the arcane and so often cruel rules that have helped make this race into the sporting world's most gruelling spectacle and we'll even reveal the answer to a question that has troubled many Tour junkies over the years - who really was the firstmaillot jaune.

A work of unparalleled reference and a joy to read,The Yellow Jersey Companion to the Tour de Franceis a literary gift from cycling heaven.

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Dull list of facts and stats about the TdF. Was expecting more discriptons and personal stories. bough through book club cheaply on spec so I can't complain too mcuh. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Les Woodland is the doyen of British cycling authors. In more than forty years in the sport he has written eighteen books on the subject, been published in five countries and three different languages. his first,Cycle Racing: Training to Win, stayed in print for more than twenty years. He lives near Toulouse in south-west France.

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