To coincide with the 2007 Tour de France, which for the first time will start in London, this updated paperback edition looks back on over 100 years of the world’s most famous cycling event.
Since its inception in 1903 the Tour de France has been renowned as one of the most grueling, exacting and exciting events in the sporting calendar. It has been given even greater prominence in recent years by the attention attracted by Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and 7-times winner of one of the greatest sporting challenges ever.
In 2003 the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary, and now with the approach of the 2007 Tour which for the first time will begin in London, this book provides enthusiasts and casual spectators alike with a celebratory visual guide to the first century of the Tour and, with it, the changing face of France. The images in the book cover all aspects of the life of le Tour, from road-side spectators to competitors, marshals and majestic scenery. It also includes a foreword by triple Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins, with material on the London start from the man who will be competing in the event itself, carrying the nation’s hopes for a British victory.