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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (June 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.


Lance Armstrong
Jean-François Bernard
Chris Boardman
Mark Cavendish
Claudio Chiappucci
Laurent Fignon
Andy Hampsten
Luis Herrera
Bernard Hinault
Jörg Jaksche
Bobby Julich
Greg LeMond
Frans Maassen
Freddy Maertens
Iban Mayo
Eddy Merckx
David Millar
Wilfried Nelissen
Joël Pelier
Stephen Roche
Andy Schleck
Marc Sergeant
José Luis Viejo
Urs Zimmermann

More About the Author

Richard Moore ( is a journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar (HarperSport), won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes (HarperSport), was long-listed for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

He is also the author of Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France (Yellow Jersey, May 2011), and Sky's the Limit: British Cycling's Quest to Conquer the Tour de France (HarperSport, June 2011).

Slaying the Badger is published in the US by Velo Press on May 1, 2012.

The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the Seoul Olympic 100m final is published by Wisden Sports Writing in the UK on June 7, 2012, and in the US by A&C Black on September 4, 2012.

He writes on sport, specialising in cycling, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, the Scotsman and Procycling magazine.

He is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at the 1998 Tour de Langkawi.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David P Weber on July 27, 2014
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Very well done piece of story telling. Author has personalized the stories of the participants in various stages of the TdF in unique style. Listen to Richard Moore's cycling podcasts and read "Etape" or "Slaying the Badger". Roger is so good at both the written and spoken word, the reader can almost hear the inflection in his voice while reading the book.
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