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Rouleur Centenary Tour de France: 3404 kilometres, 21 stages, 21 stories [Hardcover]

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7 Nov 2013 Rouleur
For the 100th edition of the world's greatest bike race, and the seventh annual edition of the sport's greatest cycling publication, we sent seven writers and photographers on the road at the Tour de France, each given three stages to record their individual takes on La Grande Boucle.

Sebastian Schels captures the rugged beauty of Corsica, contrasting empty mountains with populous roads. Former Guardian sports writer Richard Williams recalls a dramatic grand départ, with numerous crashes and a stuck team bus.

Photographer and writer Geoff Waugh follows two careers, one beginning, the other drawing to a close. Danny van Poppel, 19, became the youngest Tour rider since the Second World War, making an immediate impression with third place on the opening stage in Bastia. The hugely popular Jens Voigt, meanwhile, went out in style with numerous attacks during his final Tour at the age of 41.

The tiny village of Saint-Béat bordering the Pyrenees was devastated by flash floods in late June. Timm Kölln and Oliver Nilsson-Julien witness proud locals preparing for the arrival of stage 9 amidst destroyed homes and businesses.

Eurosport commentators Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly spend three weeks in a cramped TV booth on the finish line at each day's stage. Robert Wyatt trains his lens on the broadcasters at Mont Saint-Michel, while Ian Cleverly goes walkabout with roving reporter - and recently retired pro cyclist - Rob Hayles as he interviews riders and managers on the start line.

Taz Darling and Rouleur Editor Guy Andrews get up close and personal with the Tour organisation. Race Director Christian Prudhomme and his team conjured up one of the best Tours in decades. Taz and Guy find out how on the road to Mont Ventoux.

Patience is a prerequisite of Tour-watching. Paolo Ciaberta finds fans on Alpe d'Huez who have been in position for days. Andy McGrath asks them why, as well as reporting on the Froome phenomenon and a disastrous race for the home nation.

Jakob Kristian Sørensen and Morten Okbo hook up with Russian team Katusha for the final three stages to Paris - one day in the race car, the next witnessing tears of relief, then finally reaching the Champs-Élysées and tears of joy at an emotional after-party in the capital city.

3,404 kilometres, 21 stages, 21 stories.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472900804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472900807
  • Product Dimensions: 32.6 x 25.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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absolutely exquisite pictures and prose - Observer

the era of cycling's progressive rock has ended. this is jazz - thewashingmachinepost

This, then, is the tale of the race less reported. And it's bloody gorgeous. - VCDL Cycling Podcast

If you want to own a book on the 100th edition of the Tour de France where an English bloke won this is the one, forget the rest. It's engaging, you just want to look at it, inspect the pictures and read the stories... if you are in need of that celebratory book just buy this one, you will be very happy with it. Lovely book with that Rouleur style all over it.

Rouleur's beautifully designed books and magazines are indispensable for the stylish cycling connoisseur, and this year's annual exemplifies everything that makes their coffee table journalism stand out... extravagant photography, clean layouts and fascinating insights - The Wall Street Journal

It's an intriguing recollection: evocative, beautifully illustrated and encapsulating the chaotic madness that lies at the very heart of La Grande Boucle. -

an object of desire in and of itself --Podium Cafe

the seventh annual edition of the sport's greatest cycling publication - The Guardian

Stunning and inspirational - Triathlete Europe

stylish --Outdoor Fitness

About the Author

Features outstanding photography and contributions from Rouleur's regular writers, including former Guardian sports writer Richard Williams.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book 31 Dec 2013
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Gave this as a gift and was enthusiastically received by a procycling fan, cant wait to see it myself !
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1.0 out of 5 stars Quite Disappointing 16 Mar 2014
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I saw this title, and it being put out by Rouleur I assumed it would be a high quality account of the 100th Tour de France, which I attended last July. What I received was a collection of grainy photographs, many with nothing to do with cycling. A poor attempt at artistic expression. I go back and forth on which is worse, the poor production quality or the selection of photography. To illustrate how bad this book is, I opened the Amazon box the day it came, looked at the book, and subsequently have not touched it in the month since. Don't waste your money!
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