Tour de France

In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France ...

Tour de France

Tour de France

In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding the event including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage Thompson links the history of the Tour to key moments and themes in French history. Examining the enduring popularity of Tour racers, Thompson explores how their public images have changed over the past century. A new preface explores the long-standing problem of doping in light of recent scandals.

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The Tour de France
Language: en
Pages: 385
Authors: Christopher S. Thompson
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-07-17 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

A close-up history of the world's most famous bicycle race traces the evolution of the Tour de France from its inception in 1903 to the present day, bringing together the observations of tour organizers, racers, politicians, fans, and others to describe the event and its popularity, as well as current
Tour de France
Language: en
Pages: 406
Authors: Christopher S. Thompson
Categories: Bicycle racing
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-03-08 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

In this highly original history of the world's most famous bicycle race, Christopher S. Thompson, mining previously neglected sources and writing with infectious enthusiasm for his subject, tells the compelling story of the Tour de France from its creation in 1903 to the present. Weaving the words of racers, politicians,
Le Tour
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Jeremy Whittle, Duncan Steer
Categories: Tour de France (Bicycle race)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-04-10 - Publisher:

The Tour de France is one of the most gruelling, exacting, and exciting events on the world's sporting calendar. This book provides a visually stunning journey through the 106 years of the Tour and, with it, the changing face of France. The images in the book cover all aspects of
Le Tour
Language: en
Pages: 389
Authors: Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

When Henri Desgrange began a new bicycle road race in 1903, he saw it as little more than a temporary publicity stunt to promote his newspaper. The sixty cyclists who left Paris to ride through the night to Lyons that first July had little idea they were pioneers of the
Le Tour de France
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Serge Laget, Luke Edwardes-Evans, Andy McGrath
Categories: Bicycle racing
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05 - Publisher: Carlton Books

Le Tour de France is the official publication on the history of the event, written in association with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) by three experts. It is a celebration of one of the world's most famed annual events, which is generally considered the greatest test of endurance in the sporting

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