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What a Ride: An Aussie Pursuit of the Tour de France

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Rupert Guinness has been covering the Tour de France for over 20 years and in that time has watched Australian riders evolve into the collective force they are today. From the pioneering Phil Anderson, who, in the 1980s, set the mark by becoming the first Australian to claim the yellow jersey, to Cadel Evans, Guinness analyses the riders' fortunes and misfortunes through h ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Allen Unwin
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable read and a great insight to the good, the bad and the ugly sides of Le Tour de France. Read, whilst I was in France! I loved Rupert's account of his candid exchanges with the riders and the Aussie focus of the book. A fantastic history of Aussie contributions to le tour and le tour itself. Rupert is evidently very passionate about the event and cycling in general, and it rubs off. I can't wait to watch the tour in 2015!
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The content is interesting and Guinness spins an entertaining story, but this book often skips over the greatest dramas and true beauty of the Tour. There's a disappointing lack of editing too - for example, Bernard Kohl's name is spelt incorrectly throughout the entire book.

However, I loved the stories of Phil Anderson pushing the horizons of Australian cycling, or the romantic tale of the decline and fall of Marco Pantani.
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