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The best Wiggins book by a mile
on 1 December 2012
This is the Tour that every Briton will remember and this book tells that story in images, often the ones away from the public glare Cycling photography can be very so-so but this rises far beyond cliche to convey the atmosphere of the moment. Its strength is that it records the cyclists in their context, social, fan, road, team, personal.
Any criticisms? I'd have liked more in colour.
The photographer, Scott Mitchell, also took some fabulous images of Sky's Giro campaign earlier in 2012 which I wish someone would pull into a volume. The Giro isn't as commercially attractive as a book about the Tour but the images were some of the best I've ever seen of cycling behind-the-scenes.
Mitchell covered Wiggins' less successful damp squib campaign of 2010 in an earlier book and that is worth getting too. It wasn't the great three weeks that 2012 was but it was in its own way the foundation of the later triumph.
Forget the horde of me-too Wiggins books. This one has more style. Chapeau.