A plain-English guide to the world's most famous-and grueling-bicycle race Featuring eight-pages of full-color photos from recent Tour de France races, this easy-to-follow, entertaining guide demystifies the history, strategy, rules, techniques, equipment, and competitors in what is arguably the most grueling and intriguing multiday, multistage sporting event in the world. Cowritten by the most popular English-speaking cycling commentator on the planet, this book is great reading for both experienced and the new bicycle racing fans alike.
Foreword. Introduction. Part I: A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other. Chapter 1: Answering All Your Tour Questions. Chapter 2: Understanding the Tour de France Race Routes. Chapter 3: The Races within the Race. Part II: How the Race Is Run and Won. Chapter 4: It’s All about the Team. Chapter 5: More Tour Rules Than You Ever Want to Know. Chapter 6: Understanding Race Strategies. Part III: Loving the Ride: A Man and His Bike. Chapter 7: Who Are These Guys and How Do They Do It? Chapter 8: Spending a Day in the Life of a Rider. Chapter 9: Having the Best Equipment in the Bunch. Part IV: Watching the Race. Chapter 10: Perfecting the Art of Spectating from Home. Chapter 11: Going to the Tour: A Brief Guide. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 12: Ten Greatest Riders in Tour History. Chapter 13: The Ten Most Important Tours in History. Chapter 14: Ten Unique Tour de France Statistics. Chapter 15: Ten Dramatic Tour de France Moments. Chapter 16: Ten Great Tour Climbs and Mountaintops. Chapter 17: Ten Other Important Races. Glossary. Index.
Phil Liggett is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster widely regarded as the voice of the Tour de France. James Raia is a syndicated columnist and cycling journalist. Sammarye Lewis is an author and Tour de France photojournalist.
Covers Tour rules, strategies, and traditions Go behind the scenes and get more from the Tour Curious about the Tour de France? This friendly guide covers the fascinating three-week race and all of its day-to-day operations. You'll find out about the riders, their equipment, their skills, plus every nuance of the Tour in easy-to-understand detail. Discover how to Follow the race and team tactics Understand how colored jerseys are awarded Scout the route Stay on top of news and results Travel to the Tour de France