Tour De France For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 27, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 261 pages
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A plain-English guide to the world's most famous-andgrueling-bicycle race

Featuring eight-pages of full-color photos from recent Tour deFrance races, this easy-to-follow, entertaining guide demystifiesthe history, strategy, rules, techniques, equipment, andcompetitors in what is arguably the most grueling and intriguingmultiday, multistage sporting event in the world. Cowritten by themost popular English-speaking cycling commentator on the planet,this book is great reading for both experienced and the new bicycleracing fans alike.

 

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Contents

The Part of Tens 171
4
A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other
7
Choosing the Route and Stage Each Year
16
Practice Makes Perfect
27
How the Race Is Run and Won
47
Whos Keeping Score and Why?
72
Loving the Ride
89
Spending a Day in the Life of a Rider
101
Ten Greatest Riders in Tour History
173
The Ten Most Important Tours in History
183
Ten Unique Tour de France Statistics
197
Ten Dramatic Tour de France Moments
205
Death in the Peloton 1935
206
Ten Great Tour Climbs
213
Ten Great Tour Climbs and Mountaintops 213 Chapter 17 Ten Other Important Races
225
Glossary
237

Having the Best Equipment
119
Perfecting the Art of Spectating from Home
135
Going to the Tour A Brief Guide
151

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About the author (2005)

Phil Liggett is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster widelyregarded as the voice of the Tour de France.

James Raia is a syndicated columnist and cyclingjournalist.

Sammarye Lewis is an author and Tour de Francephotojournalist.

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