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How Cav Won the Green Jersey: Short Dispatches from the 2011 Tour de France [Kindle Edition]

Ned Boulting
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is not a 100,000-word, minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow account of the 2011 Tour de France.

This is not the story of Cadel Evans.

This is not the story of Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, or Bradley Wiggins.

And it's not even the story of Mark Cavendish.

(Although he is in it quite a lot.)

This is the story of the lesser-known heroes; the Johnny Hoogerlands, the Thomas Voecklers, the hitchhikers, the maniac press drivers, Norbert Dentressangle and the greatest ever Tour de France*.

I was there. And this is what I saw. That is all.

In this 20,000-word digital short, ITV's Ned Boulting, author of How I Won the Yellow Jumper, takes an honest and idiosyncratic look at the unforgettable 2011 Tour de France, when Mark Cavendish won the Green Jersey.


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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007533TKI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, so I didn't! 3 Mar. 2012
By Herbie Green VINE VOICE
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I couldn't put it down, so I didn't, and read the whole book in one sitting. If you read HIWTYJ, and liked the way Ned puts words on the page that exactly match the way you yourself see and describe things in your head, but couldn't possibly find the words yourself; or you never knew what goes on behind the scenes in the greatest cycle race on earth; or you just like a good chuckle at brilliantly burst bubbles; then this second bite of the cherry is for you. It is just so absorbing and easy to read, but that is not to say it is trivial or banal. Ned just seems to effortlessly and superbly sum up situations with a sentence that hints at a smirk, but somehow also a nod of appreciation or respect. There I said I couldn't possibly match Ned's gift for words, and this proves it - if you hated this review, you'll probably love this book, because its infinitely better written than many others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 17 April 2012
By KirstyH
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Very enjoyable little ebook from Ned Boulting, author of the equally enjoyable "How I Won The Yellow Jumper". If you read that book, you will know what to expect although this time the author is focusing on his experiences covering the 2011 Tour de France. Despite the title, it doesn't really feature much of Mark Cavendish choosing instead to concentrate on the Tour's more unsung heroes (I think Ned might have a bit of a man-crush on Johnny Hoogerland). A fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two men at the top of their game 9 April 2012
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Ned Boultings "Yellow Jumper" book was a great read, funny and informative, seemingly written by someone who has been entranced by the vibrancy, colour, speed and sheer toughness of professional cycling and who can acknowledge, but also see beyond the spectre of doping that taints our wonderful sport. This short tome is equally good, funny and amusing and brings home the many facets of both "Le Tour" and cycling in general, I didn't put it down, read in one sitting it really is that enjoyable, it isn't all about Mark Cavendish who arguably is currently the countries most successful sportsman and who is clearly at the top of his game, but appear he does - Read it and laugh and be informed, like others I hope this is just the first of many annual reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chapeau Ned 22 April 2012
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I bought this after really enjoying Ned's "How I Won the Yellow Jumper" and this was an excellent addition or extra set of chapters. Some really funny and poignant stories told from inside the television crew following the tour. A must for any fan of cycling or the tour de france and it offers somethng a little different from the usual cycling literature. Look forward to another edition this year coverng a Wiggins victory and another green jersey for Cav.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vignettes from life behind the TV cameras 22 May 2014
By Big Mel
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You would have thought it was fun, travelling around France for 3 weeks as the front-of-camera "talent". All the food, wine, rubbing shoulders with sporting legends - sounds like heaven, doesn't it?
Here, Ned lays bare the reality of working with a bunch of sweaty blokes slaving to produce an hour of highlights during a live sporting event. He is in good company with Matt Rendell and Gary Imlac, not to mention the deadpan hero that is Chris Boardman. They quite clearly adore and detest doing this every year. Full of hilarious anecdotes and stories, rambling and engaging, if you ever watched ITV4's coverage of the Tour, then read this book. You will never view the presenters in the same way again . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight 10 Mar. 2012
By Tusher
Format:Kindle Edition
This little book is a sheer delight, a joy for all fans of pro-cycling. Perfect for reading on the train, or waiting at the airport.
Hopefully, this is a start of a series for Ned, and he'll write another next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispatches from the Tour of Heroes 5 April 2012
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Loved HIWTYJ and this is a brilliant update from the best TdF for years. Full of witty anecdotes and written in Ned's inimitable style a must for any die-hard cycling fan. I didn't put this down from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have got this far just buy it 25 Mar. 2012
By Jon T
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Reviews must be at least 20 words long so.... If you enjoyed Neds book "How I won the Yellow Jumper" then you will certainly enjoy this,just buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny as always from Ned Boulting
Published 3 months ago by Ronan McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars No bad as such but no more than a stocking filler ...
No bad as such but no more than a stocking filler there are more interesting and informative books out there but then I'm not sure Ned is trying to be "serious"
Published 6 months ago by Bald and Brave
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to pick up; not so easy to put down
A very enjoyable read and an additional insight into the peripatetic world of the Tour de France journalist!
Published 8 months ago by Duncan J Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Not sure why some reviewers see the need to tell everyone they finished it in one sitting - that's not difficult or clever is it people? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Finoula
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports writing at its best
A very enjoyable read.Brilliant incite into the world of cycling .Cant wait to read more of Ned Boultings books.
Published 12 months ago by barbara chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for cyclists and none cyclist
My father recommended this book but he didn't have kindle so he borrowed mine. I am left with a great book which I would read again.
Published 16 months ago by John Bickerstaffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Ned does his thing again
Another great read from N
ed. Why didn't Cav use the last couple of paragraphs as the introduction to his book?
Published 17 months ago by Martin Littlewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaing and Interesting Read
Apart from facts about the tour it is interesting to read about the problems of reporting events from a journalist's point of view along with amusing stories of the characters they... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars continues where yellow jumper left off
Simply adds a few more stories to "how I won the yellow jumper", giving a behind the scenes perspective on covering the Tour

All very good and very entertaining
Published 21 months ago by Fahd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great great greater amazing great by Ned again and again to find out more about cycling jerseys so epic

Published 23 months ago by Sam Jones
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