Tour De France

Tour De France

The Illustrated History

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
The one hundredth anniversary of the world's most famous bicycle race is celebrated triumphantly in nearly two hundred images, along with features on cycling idols Greg Lemond, Jacques Anquetil, and Lance Armstrong, as well as details on all facets of the event, from organizers and technical advances to the many scandals.

Firefly Books Ltd

The biggest bicycle race of all time started as a publicity stunt for a cycling magazine in 1903.

Every year since, almost one billion people follow the Tour de France, making it the third most popular sporting event after the Olympics and the World Cup. Often described as the equivalent of running twenty marathons in twenty days, the Tour's popularity in the United States has exploded, thanks largely to the performance of the American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won his fourth consecutive Tour de France in 2002.

Tour de France: The Illustrated History is packed with vivid, action-filled photographs and covers every aspect of the race, including:

  • The organizers
  • Technical advances
  • The scandals.

Cycling superstars Greg Lemond, Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain, and Lance Armstrong are featured.

A well-illustrated history of the world's biggest bicycle race, the Tour de France, to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2003. Every aspect of the race is covered in action-filled photographs, as well as profiles of the greats, including Lance Armstrong.

Book News
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France in July 2003, this illustrated history details each year's race from 1903 to 2002 (skipping the war years when the Tour was canceled) including color photographs, accounts of dramatic finishes, clashes between cyclists and fans, scandals, and famed individual battles. Special pages focus on Tour legends including Lance Armstrong, Henri Pélissier, and Fausto Coppi, and a records section lists the top three finishers from each race, King of the Mountains winners, and winners based on the Points competition. Lazell is a writer for Cycling Weekly and Cycles magazines. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Toronto : Firefly Books, c2003
ISBN: 9781552978009
Branch Call Number: 796.620944 Laz
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map


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