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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007543999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007543991
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Book Description

The unofficial history of all 100 Tour de France races

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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There are several competing volumes issued this June aiming to celebrate what will be the Tour's hundredth outing (it started in 1903 but there've been breaks for minor interruptions such as world war). This one I particularly liked, because it is focused on the maps of the actual routes, which makes for the most beautiful, inviting book - and one full of unexpected info.

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.
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I have purchased this for my partner for Christmas, and as a lover of cycling, I know he will love this book.
The maps are great, and the images are also very lovely. It gives you a feel of the Tour.
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If you like the TdF, maps, and France then you will love this book. It is arranged very logically, ie, chronologically and devotes two pages to each year. The first page provides the brief story of the Tour for that year and provides all the basic statistical information - dates, total distance; highest point (incl number of mountain stages); number of starters and finishers; winning times; average speeds and prize winners. There is always an iconic image for the year on this page too.
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.
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Lovely book. Great present for anyone interested in cycling but really anyone would enjoy looking though this book.Really good book
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Love maps? Check. Love France? Check. Love Cycling? Check. Adorez vous le grand boucle? Bien sur! This book gives you all you need for a pleasant winter evening or two, perusing the routes of the World's greatest sporting event, and trace all the routes of the race from 1903 to 2014. Never realised how from about five years in (when the race was properly established) until 1950, the route was always, with variations, literally a tour around the "outside" of France, with a dip into Paris for the start and finish. There are useful graphics which give a selection of the statistics, and further detail of the famous climbs, cols and stage finishes - but the star of the show is la belle France, and the maps that show the routes in all their glory.
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Format: Hardcover
Mapping le Tour is, quite simply, the most beautiful book I have ever laid eyes on.

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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I love watching Le Tour and this book is a good little read. each year of the Tour has a double page dedicated to it with a map of that years Tour on one side and some info and facts on the other. This is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in this inspiring race.
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Mapping le Tour is a sumptuous unofficial history of the Tour de France and is an excellent buy for anyone looking to further their knowledge of the Tour (routes, riders, statistics and scandals) in the run up to the 100th race. In addition to detailed maps of every Tour route, there are photographs of competitors (have to agree about the apparent impracticality of cycling outfits in 1903), locations and memorable incidents as well as commentary and facts and figures about each race.
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