Tour de france book 2018
The First Tour de France: Sixty Cyclists and Nineteen Days of Daring on the Road to Paris by Peter CossinsFrom its inception, the 1903 Tour de France was a colorful affair. Full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating, it was a race to be remembered.
Cyclists of the time werent enthusiastic about participating in this heroic race on roads more suited to hooves than wheels, with bikes weighing up to thirty-five pounds, on a single fixed gear, for three full weeks. Assembling enough riders for the race meant paying unemployed amateurs from the suburbs of Paris, including a butcher, a chimney sweep and a circus acrobat. From Maurice The White Bulldog Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman whose parents were said to have swapped him for a round of cheese in order to smuggle him into France as a fourteen-year-old, to Hippolyte Aucouturier, who looked like a villain from a Buster Keaton movie with his jersey of horizontal stripes and handlebar moustache, the cyclists were a remarkable bunch.
Starting in the Parisian suburb of Montgeron, the route took the intrepid cyclists through Lyon, over the hills to Marseille, then on to Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Nantes, ending with great fanfare at the Parc des Princes in Paris. There was no indication that this ramshackle cycling pack would draw crowds to throng Frances rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes. But they did; and all thanks to a marketing ruse, cycling would never be the same again.
Geraint Thomas Wins the Tour after Sublime Time Trial! - Tour de France 2018 - Stage 20 Highlights
Must-Read Tour de France Books
We find the guide invaluable when planning our trips to watch the Tour de France. It's got maps of every stage, plus full team and stage profiles, as well as stage start and end times they are particularly useful to have in one place both when planning and on the day. There is usually a 'standard' edition and a 'premium' edition. We get dozens of emails every day asking for information about following the Tour de France — I always tell them to get a copy of the official race programme to make planning easier. This guide has lots of info that can help you plan your trip.
T he Tour de France , which finishes in Paris next weekend, attracts more than 10 million spectators to line its near 3,km route, uniquely comprehensive press coverage for the sport and a TV and online audience estimated to be in the billions. Yet only a tiny fraction of those watching will have the first clue as to what is actually going on. But in a peloton of riders, operating in a seemingly chaotic working environment best described as like being inside a washing machine, very few are attempting to win. The vast majority are implementing a dizzyingly fluid set of agendas and allegiances that can combine — often in the same rider in the same race — team and personal ambitions, altruism and blatant commercialism, high courage and low cunning. He comes across comparisons with poker, and bluffing and playing your cards astutely. For context, Chris Froome , as we were recently reminded during his travails about his inhaler, has a resting heart rate of about 30bpm. This concept of cycling as requiring sharpness of both body and mind is nothing new.