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Etape: The untold stories of the Tour de France's defining stages Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014
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"Spellbinding and Moving" The Herald
“A wonderfully readable romp through 20 of the most compelling and newsworthy stages in Tour de France history” – The Tour
“For a truly luscious souvenir of this year…I'd go for Richard Moore's Etape which revisits the men behind some of the most dramatic, evocative and controversial stages in Tour de France history” – The Observer
From the Back Cover
The Tour s Greatest Stars Recount Their Toughest Battles
Heroes and villains, stars and water carriers the giants of cycling stride the epic stage of the Tour de France each year in search of lasting glory. Critically acclaimed author Richard Moore explores their untold stories and infuses them with vivid life in Etape, revealing the beauty and madness of the world s greatest bike race.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour s legends and scoundrels, Etape unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of recent Tour history: Greg LeMond s impossible return from near-death. Andy Schleck s primal scream atop the Col du Galibier. Eddy Merckx s self-described toughest Tour. Mark Cavendish s mind-bending victory in Aubenas. Bernard Hinault s hellish battle with Laurent Fignon.
From the sun-soaked slopes of the Pyrenees to the rain-lashed cobbles of the north, Etape celebrates the Tour de France as an unrivalled myth-maker, where courage, scandal, skill, and drama create the sport s enduring legends.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Lance Armstrong
Jose Luis Viejo
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Top Customer Reviews
It's typically well researched and detailed; painting a rich picture of stages I'd not seen and providing a new slant on those I thought I remembered well. Moore has spoken to many of the key protagonists and the book is the richer for it - the passing of time seemingly giving riders greater perspective on what happened.
Interesting but most of all entertaining, it's a great read about a complex race and the fascinating characters within it.
At the risk of stating the obvious (if you've already read the synopsis), Étape is like 20 books in one. Each chapter basically covers a stage or stages, chosen for their significance in the history of the last 40 years or so of the Tour.
While the sleeve notes include a roll call of some of the sport's most famous/infamous protagonists, this book also goes beyond them and shines a spotlight on some of the lesser known riders. The stories of these relatively uncelebrated cyclists are no less fascinating and in many ways it is easier for readers to connect with them as they disappear back into a "normal" life and virtual obscurity (...only to be disturbed periodically by the likes of Mr Moore!)
As for the likes of Armstrong, Hinault, Cavendish etc, most of the stories you would expect are covered. However, don't expect a simple rehash of old interviews and a narration of how the stages unfolded (frankly, anyone with access to YouTube and a keyboard could manage that). No, in this book Moore meets up with the central characters (in some unlikely places) in order to find new angles and tease out candid comments so that even close followers of cycling can delve deeper into who, why and how these events unfolded.Read more ›
A really great read and Richard’s enthusiasm and affection for the sport comes shines through as usual. A true delight not only for cycling fans, but anyone who loves sport.
I was mistaken. This was a great book, providing some insights into the psychology of the riders, and the behaviour of the peloton.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this enormously. Well written, researched and very engaging at all times.Published 2 months ago by Brian Moore
Ok book - bit of a shallow read. Wanted more but didn't get it in this tome.Published 3 months ago by S Laurie
Exceptional. I'm not a cycling fan but this completely drew me in to the lore and excitement. Thoroughly recommend.Published 4 months ago by Nimz
A joy to read...fascinating, surprising, well written and worth a sixth star were it available. The Freddy Martens chapter is a cracker.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought as a present for a cycling enthusiast who absolutely loved it.Published 6 months ago by Zenna Brown
Good read if you are a cycling fan. Written about a lot of different well known Tour riders.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer