Synopses & Reviews
To celebrate the 100th Tour de France anniversary in 2003, weve fully updated and reissued Tour de France/Tour de Force in paperback. Arranged chronologically and illustrated with hundreds of photographs dating back to the first race in 1903, Tour de France/Tour de Force offers a one-of-a-kind look at the Tours history. Tour insider James Startt shares stories of ingenuity (when Francois Fabers chain broke in the last kilometer of the 1909 Tour, he simply ran his bike across the finish line), tragedy (Tom Simpson collapsing and dying on the climb up Mont Ventoux in 1967), and triumph (Lance Armstrongs first of four consecutive victories after his battle with cancervictories that created a huge upsurge of interest in the sport). With an introduction by three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond, Tour de France/Tour de Force is the perfect way for fans everywhere to revel in the greatest bike race on earth.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France, this updated edition contains hundreds of photos dating back to the first race in 1903, and a one-of-a-kind look at the Tour's history.
A photographic tribute to coincide with the competition's hundredth anniversary discusses such events as Fran cois Faber's broken bike chain in the last kilometer, Tom Simpson's death, and Lance Armstrong's win after cancer.
About the Author
James Startt left competitive cycling to pursue photography and journalism full-time. An American living in Paris, Startt has covered professional cycling events for a variety of magazines worldwide, published several books on cycling, and edits the official Tour de France Web site.
Samuel Abt associate editor of the International Herald Tribune based in Paris. He has written numerous books about the sport.
Greg Lemond a professional cyclist for 15 years from 1980 to 1994. Among other races, he won two world championships and three Tours de France. He currently lives in Minneapolis.