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This review is from: Le Tour 100: The definitive history of the world's greatest race (Hardcover)
A cover to die for and a nice concept for illustrating key stages (not necessarily the best stages) from the first century of Le Tour. But, it's far from the definitive history advertised on the cover.
The 3D aerial maps are a nice touch, but not always as clear as you may wish and they are occasionally inaccurate - see Cavendish's sprinting masterclass (P226) where the route fails to go round Le Jardin de Tuilleries, which it did, but circles The Arc de Triomphe, which it didn't. Not a deal breaker, but annoying.
Great book for dipping in and out of and there are some excellent images to evoke the history (P7) and grandeur (P32) of Le Tour.
Overall it represents an example of style over substance and is overpriced at £25. But, if you can get it for less I still believe it is well worth considering.