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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178185999X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781859995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen D. Kirkish on August 22, 2014
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"Legends of the Tour" is a beautifully illustrated retrospective of the most prestigious race in cycling. Cleijne deftly covers 100 years of racing, from the earliest days with primitive bikes, a few sturdy riders, and no support, to the finely tuned, high-tech modern times. He shows love and care for the sport and the characters involved, throwing spotlights on the most significant riders in the past century.

Cleijne's art is beautiful, from glorious splash pages showing a tree-lined country road filled with riders and fans, or illustrating the painfully relentless ascent of Alpe d'Huez, to multi-panel pages unfolding the emotions of victory or tragedy. Key riders are well-drawn and recognizable. The stories are told primarily through the imagery and captions, although he often lets the pictures tell the tale, very effectively. The colors are at times moody (putting us on the mountain in a storm,) or sunny, reminiscent of color palettes from the 1920's cartoon strips. His story-telling is spot-on, infusing gentle humor at times and pathos at other times. The infamous doping years are not glossed over - their impact is explored as much as the impact of other important events during the Tour's 100 years - but he covers the encouraging path that cycling has taken to pull out of these dark times, covering recent Tours right up to Chris Froome's win.

I've enjoyed watching the Tour de France for years, and this book lends an important background foundation in an entertaining fashion. This is also an amazing book for those who love good graphic art and story-telling, and for those who enjoy riding a bike. It's amusing, inspiring, and quite beautiful - I high recommend reading it!
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Having never bought a graphic book before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I think this is for real fans of the Tour de France, which I am. It was interesting to note the increase in brightness of the sections which seemed to replicate advances in photography. The history of the Tour was really interesting. I loved the images of the riders with all their pain and elation but there were rather too many similar scenic images of just mountains for example.
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I so want to gush about this graphic novel. The idea of pushing into this market with something on professional bicycle racing is awesome. Unfortunately I have several problems with the project. The atmosphere tones mimicking changes in photography over 100 years of the Tour is a cute idea but it does get bland after awhile. The beginning is so dark green that it might turn non-fans off. Second the lettering is small as in newspaper comics small. On a comic strip its a few words and done. In a graphic novel page after page… sigh. But my biggest gripe is the art. I'm actually fine with everything but the faces. I've been follow professional racing for more than 10 and if I have to squint and think about who's who on a panel something is wrong. There are tons of tricks to get around the issues of keeping the star of the action but that was not done enough. The actual drawing itself just plain needed to be better. If I can't get Bernard Hinault at a glance there is a big problem. I know these faces. I'm well read and well traveled on the cycling sites. I really wanted to love this book.
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