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Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  10 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
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ebook, 192 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Mainstream Digital (first published June 1988)
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Jacqui N
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
Michael
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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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.
Iain
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.
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.
David
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.
Goody2shoes
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?
Ben Hughes
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.
Jim
Although dated, interesting inside the ropes view if the Tour de France.
Shawn Stewart
Be a fan of cycling and know the terminology before reading this book. Bleh.
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