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Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour de France

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Fifty years ago, ten Britons crossed the Channel and made history. For the first time, a team of British cyclists took part in the Tour de France, the most gruelling event in all of sport. Only two of those riders completed that 1955 race; only one British newspaper bothered to send a correspondent. Today, the recent triumphs of British cycling heroes Bradley Wiggins and M ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Yellow Jersey (first published June 1st 2005)
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Martin Mccann
This book has been updated 3 times, the last being after Wiggins' 2012 victory. I would say "added to" rather than revised because there are still a few parts of the main body that were not changed to reflect these developments-eg at one stage Tom Simpson is still refered to as being the most successful British TdF rider so a rereading may have been in order before rushing this out in 2012. Also the book just hit the wrong time-it appeared to be produced not to far before Armstrong' s downfall a ...more
Mark Bennett
Another one of my cycling collection. William Fotheringham is in my opinion the best author of cycling related books, he can make a good story from what sometimes would seem a difficult subject.

Before Wiggins,Froome and Team Sky, where was British Cycling? Well this book takes us back to its beginnings and introduces us to some legends of the road such as Brian Robinson and Tom Simpson. Fotheringham adds a personal touch to his work by gathering anecdotes and blending them with his rich knowledg
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Paul Cheney
An interesting book about the British riders who have taken place in the Tour de France up to 2005.

It covers the earliest riders in the Tour history, and goes up to David Millar just after he was banned for EPO. Cavendish and Wiggins are not covered, though Wiggins does get a mention.

Each significant rider gets a chapter to himself. The riders covered are Robinson, Simpson, Harrison, Hogan, Sherwin, Millar, Elliot, Yates, Boardman, and Millar. It is not complete history of everything they have d
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Simon
Sep 27, 2012 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Mr Fotheringham may now be thinking, in the light of the 2012 tour, that he brought this out a bit prematurely. He didn't, but he may be thinking of a revision. As good on the unsung heroes as on the superstars. An enjoyable read.
ChristinaJL
Aug 01, 2011 ChristinaJL rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ChristinaJL by: Dave Harmon
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Excellently written and extremely interesting account of British Tour de France riders. Includes chapters from recent British riders as well as those in the past. Definately worth reading if you're a cycling fan.
Andrew
Too boring...I lost interest half-way through.
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