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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...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Dog Ear Publishing (first published July 1st 2006)
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Bob Redmond
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...more
Michael
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
Marya Dumont
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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