The Tour de France ... to the Bitter End

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Richard Nelsson
Guardian Books, 2012 - Tour de France (Bicycle race) - 362 pages
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From small beginnings to doping scandals: a history of the Tour as reported by theGuardianandObserver.
 
Having started in 1903 as a publicity stunt for an ailing French newspaper, the Tour de France is now the world's greatest sporting spectacle. Back then, cyclists raced alone through the night, sometimes at the risk of being beaten up. Today's riders pedal 3,500 km around the French countryside, cheered on by huge roadside crowds and accompanied by the mighty caravan of media, sponsors and support staff that keeps the wheels turning. But one thing hasn't changed: the Tour remains just as awe-inspiring a test of extreme mental and physical stamina as it has always been.
 
The Tour de France... to the bitter endis the best of over a century ofGuardianandObserverTour reporting, with pieces from Christopher Brasher, Michael Davie, Geoffrey Nicholson, William Fotheringham, Richard Williams, Phil Liggett and many other writers seduced by the power of the peloton.

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About the author (2012)

RICHARD NELSSON is chief librarian of the Guardian and the Observer. He is chair of the Association of UK Media Librarians and has contributed to two editions of the British Librarianship and Information Work. He lives in Tulse Hill in South London with his partner and two daughters.

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