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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun insight into the delights of the Tour, 21 July 2011
This review is from: How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France (Kindle Edition)
I have to admit that, as a follower of the Tour de France since 1987, I was initially somewhat irritated by Ned Boulting's appearance on ITV's coverage of the race. Part of this was envy. How come some football reporter got the chance to follow the race at close quarters for three weeks? Especially when Tour-loving me only got the chance to stand in a scrum at the roadside for a few stages and then and follow the rest on the telly? Not fair.

It is to Boulting's credit, then, that this book comes far closer than most to explaining just why I love the Tour so much. By confessing his initial ignorance of the event, and showing how he has been seduced by it, Boulting sheds light on the many delights of this three week moving party.

Yes, some parts did still grate with the long-term TDF geek that is me - hey, Ned, if you don't want all the Tour freebies you get I'll have 'em! But this really is a minor gripe and, in any case, the author confesses that the book is best suited to those who, like him, are relatively new converts to the race.

All in all, highly recommended.
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