on 9 December 2013
This book follows the same format as "21 Days to Glory" (which covered the 2012 Tour of France) but is extended to include Team Sky's campaign at the Giro as well as the 2013 Tour de France. For each race there is a series stage by stage description from a personal Team Sky point of view followed by a section of brief factual summaries of the stages. It is fascinating to read what goes on behind the scene as the book doesn't just describe events from the point of view of the team leaders and domestiques, there is plenty of focus on the myriad of support staff and their roles. It is also interesting reading to contrast the 2 races as the Giro did not go according to Sky's plan whereas the Tour very much did. What makes this book really worthwhile though are Scott Mitchell's stunning photographs. He captures the moments by some very imaginative and quirky shots. Some of the photos in the blizzards that plagued the Giro are amazing.
As someone who followed both races on TV this book really worked for me as I relived the excitement and the tensions of each stage. A great buy for anyone interested in cycling or just in good photography.