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How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) Paperback – 1 May 2014
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"Hugely enjoyable...The only real problem with this book is that it's making me wish away the start of the summer and fast-forward to 2 July and le grand départ" (Helen Pidd Guardian)
"His journey from self confessed 'football hack winging it in a sport beyond his ken' to his initiation into the Tour's nuances and eccentric characters delivers an amusing, warm and easy read" (London Cyclist)
"A candid, insightful and often hilarious account" (Alastair Campbell)
"I thought Ned was an old hand at the Tour. Evidently he was clueless... Told with panache" (David Millar)
"Hugely enjoyable... Brilliant" (Ben East Metro)
A funny and frank account of falling in love with the Tour de France by television's quintessential roving reporter, Ned BoultingSee all Product Description
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He has also learned a bit about cycling too. `How I Won The Yellow Jumper' is his story of the grind behind the glamour of covering cycling's biggest race. It is a tale of one man, a suitcase full of smelly socks and his noble steed, a battered Renault Espace, on an annual three-week odyssey from Grand Départ to Bedraggled Arrivée.
If you watch ITV's annual Tour coverage, you will be familiar with Boulting's dry style as he brings us short feature segments and gleans reactions from exhausted pedallers in the post-stage media melée in which pointy elbows and a willingness to stick your nose in where angels fear to tread are as vital tools of the trade as the ability to mangle a variety of European languages.
He is to Gary Imlach, ITV's inimitable and unfeasibly polished front-man, what Jens Voigt is to Andy Schleck. In his deceptively imitable every-man style, Boulting has carved out a niche as the team's super-domestique. He plays a vital role, putting in the hard kilometres that help make ITV's coverage so enjoyable.
Here Boulting conveys the real beauty of the Tour and why he has fallen in love with its utter lunacy. It is not about the stars who make the headlines, or the Alpine backdrops or the race's unerring capacity for human drama.Read more ›
Top notch entertainment all round
Ned takes us from his first painful experiences as a bumbling, novice cycling reporter, through his love affair with the event, confronting the major issues on the way; drug scandals, Armstrong, finding launderettes on rest days, and just what the conversational etiquette should be when urinating in the open air.
This book is hugely accessible, the sport's serious and sometimes murky side is confronted properly, but before too long the narrative gently carries us off to slightly lighter concerns, like trying to pack a hot iron. Ned encounters the big names of the sport, and gives us the insiders view. We see his development alongside theirs, as well as meeting some of the more fascinating characters who keep the race ticking along, like Rudi the toilette tsar.
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish, the sort of book you don't want to rush, but that you read in the garden with a huge grin on your face. When I reached the end, not only was I laughing quite loudly in embarrassing fashion, but I also felt quite sad that Ned Boulting's insider account of eight years on tour was over. Superb.
Boulting has clearly fallen for the race, but his account is certainly not a rose-tinted view that overlooks cycling's deep-seated problems. This is the perfect read for the growing masses of British cycling fans that view the sport with a certain amount of scepticism, but cannot resist returning each July. Boulting indulges the reader with his experiences with the most fascinating characters in a sport not short on eccentrics. Wiggins, Cav, Armstrong, Landis et al get plenty of coverage, but what comes across most clearly is the sheer thrill of being a part of the ultimate sporting road trip. Great summer reading. Bring on July 2nd!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a lot of fun to read. The writer skilfully uses his Tour de France experiences to share the mechanics of how such a grand sporting event works.Published 14 days ago by MR S.
A fun read but not great. Ned - I like you, but I could live without reading this book, sorry.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is Ned's first book about life behind the scenes as a commentator on the Tour de France and tells how a total cycling novice gets thrown in at the deep end, learns the lingo... Read morePublished 3 months ago by FrenchVillageDiaries
I've bought this as a Christmas gift so the main reader has not seen it yet. However of what I have seen it looks like a nice relaxing read for the keen cyclist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Midlands Meg
Great insights into a behind the scenes view of the Tour de France. If you are interested in the greatest bike race in the world then this book is a must.Published 7 months ago by Bookworm
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