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The Tour is Won on the Alpe: Alpe D'Huez and the Classic Battles of the Tour De France (Photography) Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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"It is testament to the author's skill and enthusiasm that reading places you right there, amongst the sea of orange that constitutes the annual Dutch army." -- TheWashingMachinePost.net ""The Tour Is Won on the Alpe" is a great place to start tracing the sport's last half-century. The book recreates the slopes, screaming masses of fans, and exhausted riders that make up the legend of the Alpe. If you want to get to know the Alpe, this is your reference guide." -- PodiumCafe.com"A valuable historical account of the last 30-odd years of professional cycling." -- BikeRadar.com
About the Author
Born in Gardanne, where the road racing season is launched every year, Jean-Paul Vespini has been a journalist for 25 years (first with Provencal then with La Provence). Vespini has contributed to numerous cycling reviews, including Le Cycle and the former Cyclisme International. He is the author of many cycling history books, including a bestseller on Richard Virenque. In 2007, Vespini covered his thirteenth Tour de France. Translator David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press), and a former contributor to Bicycle Guide.
Top customer reviews
I love this book, it sits proudly with my other cycling books, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in cycling or the Tour de France.
However it is difficult to know at whose feet to lay the blame: author or translator.
The book is littered with cliches and the author rarely lets a paragraph pass without shoehorning in a smilie or metaphor, there's plenty of soaring eagles, duelling gladiators and swift and cruel competitors described. This becomes wearing long before the end of the book. However some of the translation is also clumsy, for a contemporary book you wonder if the translator is more used to historic text.