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Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France

Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France [Kindle Edition]

Max Leonard
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Froome, Wiggins, Merckx, LeMond - we know the winners but what about the men who finish last?

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lanterne rouge:

French / noun

1. The red lantern that hangs on the rear of a train

2. The competitor who finishes last in the Tour de France

If you complete a bike race of over 3,000 kilometres, overcoming mountain ranges and merciless weather conditions while enduring physical and psychological agony, in the slowest time, should you be branded the loser? What if your loss helped a teammate win? What if others lacked the determination to finish? What if you were trying to come last?

Froome, Wiggins, Merckx - we know the winners of the Tour de France, but Lanterne Rouge tells the forgotten, often inspirational and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider. We learn of stage winners and former yellow jerseys who tasted life at the other end of the bunch; the breakaway leader who stopped for a bottle of wine and then took a wrong turn; the doper whose drug cocktail accidently slowed him down and the rider who was recognised as the most combative despite finishing at the back.

Lanterne Rouge flips the Tour de France on its head and examines what these stories tell us about ourselves, the 99% who don't win the trophy, and forces us to re-examine the meaning of success, failure and the very nature of sport.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7629 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (17 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA4CB9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 9 May 2014
By Lee
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After reading much about those at the front of the peloton, it made a change to hear the often untold stories of those who prop up the GC and how they came to be there. The subject clearly means a lot to the author and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the journey with him through the history of red jersey and witnessing him win his own (of sorts). The stories of determination and unwillingness to give in to abandonment in this book are just as inspiring as the stories of the winners of the Tour and Max Leonard has a talent for really bringing his interviewees to life on the pages. One of the most enjoyable sports books I have read and I would recommend this book to both cycling fans and anyone just looking for an entertaining read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep! I love it 21 April 2014
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Max is a new author for me. But I am happy to add this to my huge (!) cycling book collection. I've bought a lot of 2nd or even 3rd rate books in the past couple of years as everyone seems to want to publish about cycling. But Max has produced a first rate book. Well written and a book that I found it difficult to put down. So I used my bike lights under the duvet whilst the Mrs tried to sleep! Just one little niggle, if I may. I loved the list of all the Lanterne Rouges since that first Tour. It is a fun list and a great foil to to those books endlessly listing the winners of each Tour! I'm looking forward to your next book! How about one on the Paris-Nice - that seems to be missing from the publishers' palmares! I'd also like to see one on the great British classic of days gone by: Folkestone/Dover-London, London-Holyhead and so on. Max is the guy to write that one whilst some of the protagonists are still alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lanterne Rouge - a great insight 27 May 2014
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Always forgotten but interesting anecdotes from the history of the TdF. Sometimes you forget its not just the winning, but actually completing it is the trophy, unless you want to compete for last place! This book tells us how the riders used last place to gain and would recommend to any cycling fan
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Tour de France is not a single bike race, it is a cluster of races fought out against the broader canvas of the fight to win the GC. One of many races is the race to stay in the race, to be rewarded with the dubious honour of carrying the Lanterne Rouge, signifying that you are the slowest rider. In this book Max Leonard tells the story of this race, the Tour we do not see, but which is very bit as heroic as the big battles going on at the front of the peloton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read. 24 May 2014
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Very well written, with just the right amount of history and humour. The author writes with authority and personal experience.
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