“All [the Tour’s] complexity and more is dealt with by Richard Moore in Etape¸ which offers a tour through the Tour de France through individual stages from 17 editions of the grande boucle ranging from 1971 through to 2012. It's almost like a Tour mix-tape, a collection of greatest hits, album tracks, and B-sides, some of which you are already familiar with, some of which you will be hearing for the first time.” — Podium Café
“Richard Moore is his own secret weapon…[He] is incontestably one of the finest published sports writers of our time… Etape is his finest hour. There will be a great number of books about the Tour de France published in the next month, but if your appetite for yellow extends to only one, make it this one.” — The Washing Machine Post
“A preview ride of the most crucial stages in history with award-winning sportswriter Richard Moore…The dramatic controversies and courageous victories prove why the Tour is the world’s most iconic bike race.” — Triathlete magazine
“Etape, then, is - like the Tour de France itself - complicated and that complexity is actually the hidden central narrative of the book. And, because of the way Moore handles that complexity, even seasoned fans of the sport may find themselves reaching the end of Étape and thinking of the Tour in a different light.” — Podium Café
From the Back Cover
The Tour’s Greatest Stars Recount Their Toughest Battles
Heroes and villains, stars and water carriers—the giants of cycling stride the epic stage of the Tour de France each year in search of lasting glory. Critically acclaimed author Richard Moore explores their untold stories and infuses them with vivid life in Étape, revealing the beauty and madness of the world’s greatest bike race.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour’s legends and scoundrels, Étape unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of recent Tour history: Greg LeMond’s impossible return from near-death. Andy Schleck’s primal scream atop the Col du Galibier. Eddy Merckx’s self-described toughest Tour. Mark Cavendish’s mind-bending victory in Aubenas. Bernard Hinault’s hellish battle with Laurent Fignon.
From the sun-soaked slopes of the Pyrenees to the rain-lashed cobbles of the north, Étape celebrates the Tour de France as an unrivalled myth-maker, where courage, scandal, skill, and drama create the sport’s enduring legends.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
José Luis Viejo