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Mapping Le Tour: Updated history and route map of every Tour de France race Paperback – 22 May 2014
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“chock-full of stories and beautiful pictures of the last century of this great race.” BBC Radio 5Live
"The maps will add to the enthusiast's collection of Tour literature whilst the text and maps will provide an interesting introduction to the newcomer. That is quite a rare feat" Cycling World Magazine
“Constantly you are reminded of the sheer geographical scope of the race” Brendan Gallagher
“This book has given me renewed admiration for previous riders, having seen the brutality of the early editions.”
Daniel Lyold Tour de France rider
The unofficial history of all 100 Tour de France races--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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Ellis Bacon is a longtime cycling journalist who now lives in Copenhagen (he translated Riis into English). His passion for Europe and particularly France -he's also fluent in French- shines through in the text, beginning with his entertaining introduction detailing how he developed his enthusiasm for that great country and its geographically ambitious bicycle race.
The book divides into three main sections. Firstly, a map of every Tour de France and its route. Each Tour has a double page spread, one page of text and one map, facing. The maps are lovely. For eg: the pre-1914 Tours are in black and white, becoming colour when the race restarted in 1919, all making you think about the ebb and flow of European history over the top of this wonderful, diverting competition. The text is really well-written, with lots and lots of details and also some wonderful evocative photos - well-chosen, and not too many, so that the story isn't drowned out by images. There are also quite a few tasty double page photo spreads, such as that glorious pic of Jean Robic leading Coppi going up Alpe D'Huez: the pictures in the book seem especially well-chosen.Read more ›
The maps are great, and the images are also very lovely. It gives you a feel of the Tour.
The second page is the route map and is full of detail. Departure and finish points are all clearly identified as are ITTs and TTTs. All the stage towns are shown along with the stage distances and direction of travel.
This is the sort of book you can pour over for hours. It is utterly absorbing and really nicely presented in a clear and concise form. A must for Tour devotees.
There have been many Tour de France books published over the years and even more so in this celebratory year of the 100th edition so deciding which one to buy was quite a task! What sets this book apart from the rest is the engaging maps of each of the Tours from 1903 all the way up to 2013. The most amazing photographs and statistics accompany a detailed summary of all the action from each tour that allows the reader to understand how the Tour has evolved since its inception. Stunning, historic full-page images are also marbled throughout the book that are a great surprise when you come across them.
There is also a dedicated section to the 2013 route as well as a chapter on memorable places where iconic and infamous moments took place.
Overall, Mapping le Tour is a refreshing change from the usual and predictable, regurgitated publications on the race. A sophisticated and timeless addition to any library and a must for all sports enthusiasts.
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Bought for my TDF mad son, but hijacked by his granddad, my husband and me. So much great info will keep us all busy for along time yet.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exactly what it says on the tin. Every route is available, just wish it would also provide a link to all the gpx files. :)Published on 11 Jan. 2015 by Jennifer Spencer
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my father - in-law who is a keen cyclist & watcher of the tour de France. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2014 by Jasperenie
If you follow the Tour de France, then this is the book for you, to follow the routes of past and present toursPublished on 11 Oct. 2014 by Gill H