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The Story Of The Tour De France

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"After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann�s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any."
-From the preface by Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle

"Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic charac
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Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Dog Ear Publishing (first published July 1st 2006)
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Bob Redmond
Jul 26, 2009 Bob Redmond rated it liked it
This is Volume One of Bill and Carol McGann's History of the Tour. It's not really "the story of..." but rather a synopsis of each year's race. The narrator has a personality, but is not really a writer as much as a compiler of information. Reading this book is like reading a transcript of a TV broadcast.

The authors chose to deliver the drama in piecemeal fashion--as if we were spectators to any year's race. Overarching themes and dramas (doping, rivalries, tour ownership) are covered, but as as
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Michael
Jul 03, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
This is more of a statistical reference with some fun anecdotes thrown in than a true history of the Tour, so I was a bit disappointed when breezing through each year McGann never presents enough about a rider or Tour organizer or racing season or stage of the Tour, to sink my teeth into. He starts by explaining that in Europe bike racing is transformed into epic myth, cultural saga, and that in American journalism all this is lost in favor of sports science and strategy. He goes on to support h ...more
Bridie  Knight
I'm reading the Kindle version. It doesn't have chapter links which is a pain but it's an informative, interesting and amusing read about the early days of the great race. What beasts those first spectators were - and I thought they were bad now! I will think of the imbeciles that crowd the roads on the climbs with more good will in future - after all they are not openly sabotaging riders or trying to injure them so they can't race as they did in the first few Tours.! Imagine if a Le Tour stage ...more
Marya Dumont
Nov 18, 2012 Marya Dumont rated it liked it
This was a slog, with a few too many repetitive descriptions and too little context about the riders and their bigger picture to make for an engaging read. Educational? Yes. But I am thrilled to have finally finished it.
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