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Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A fast-paced, fly-on-the-wall story of courage, endurance, bungling, rows and cheating in sport's greatest marathon

In 1987, the Tour de France was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and crazie
ebook, 192 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Mainstream Digital (first published June 1988)
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Mar 17, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cycling
The blurb on the cover says, "The No. 1 Cycling Book of All Time" (according to Cycle Sport magazine). Well, that is a little extreme - it is certainly high up on the list for readable books about the Tour de France or professional bicycle racing, but it also has certain technical drawbacks . . .

This book was originally published in 1988 and described the Tour race of 1987 - the author was a journalist and the British race team, ANC-Halfords, agreed to let him be with the team full time to cove
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Apr 19, 2014 Jacqui N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
This book was written by a newspaper reporter who was given permission to travel with the team -- ANC/Halford, the first British team to participate in the Tour de France. There is a day-to-day summation of the day's events and current drama/crisis, and a brief synopsis of each day's race. This race was a first for all of the ANC riders, as well as for most of their sponsors and support crew. A learning experience for all, the riders either found their niche or abandoned, and unfortunately the s ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Iain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Half narrative from an insider's perspective of the troubled ANC-Halfords team and half race report of the 1987 Tour, this book is trapped between the two: neither a gripping race commentary nor roller coaster emotional insight into the struggles of the combatants and team members.
Covering one of the more memorable tour years and one of the more inglorious teams, it promised a good yarn yet I was simply left without much benefit for reading it.
The Master
Brought back great memories of the 1987 Tour.

Can't help but feel that the author held back the juicier details from behind the scenes at ANC-Halfords. Team staff drift in and out of the picture without much explanation why, or what impact their arrival/departure had. Then again, the author made clear that he wasn't a tabloid pig and presented the facts as objectively as possible. It's too bad because the ANC adventure of 1987 was perfect for the Gonzo approach.
Dec 29, 2013 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read, about first Brit team to do Tour de France. They were so disorganised! It is hard to reconcile that with both the approach and success record of Team Sky. Connor was there as journalist and ended up being enlisted to help the team, as so many support crew bit the dust - as did riders.
Janne Typpi
Jeff Connor seurasi brittiläisen ANC-Halfords-tallin matkaa vuoden 1987 kilpailussa. Talli ei kuulunut ennakkosuosikkeihin ja yhdeksästä ajajasta lopulta vain neljä selvisi maaliin saakka. Kiva ja sympaattinen kirja ajalta, jona ammattilaispyöräily oli nykyistä vaatimattomampaa, viattomampaa ja legendaarisempaa.
Peter Nuttall
Bit disappointed with this... probably because I already new the story of ANC's disastrous Tour de France campaign. Not as funny as I had expected.
Mar 17, 2013 Goody2shoes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, & very funny in places.

Jeff, as a novice rider, did you 'really' cycle that tour stage on one of the teams race bikes?
Peter Nuttall
Supposed to be the "best cycling book ever"... but left me a bit cold.
Mar 17, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although dated, interesting inside the ropes view if the Tour de France.
Aug 23, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent account of ANC Halfords ill fated 1987 Tour de France. Not quite 'the No.1 cycling book of all time' as the cover would suggest.
Shawn Stewart
Be a fan of cycling and know the terminology before reading this book. Bleh.
Sep 17, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Not my favorite bike book.
Ben Hughes
Mar 25, 2013 Ben Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read many books on cycling and this has to be one of the best 'behind the scenes' accounts of a pro tour team at the Tour.
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