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Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the World's Greatest Race Hardcover – May 21, 2013
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“Were Tour de France 100 a slide show, Moore’s text would make for the perfect narration, reminding us of the storylines that dominated each year’s race. He not only covers the racing action, he brings in the present…” — Red Kite Prayer
“If you're looking for one on the greatest race of them all, you need look no further than Tour de France 100. The photography is stunning and leaves no stone unturned.” — Active.com
“In conveying the epic scale of the Tour, Tour de France 100 is aided by its size: in a world in which so many things are being shrunk to pocket-size, [the book is] serving up the equivalent of a sixty inch plasma screen. The large format allows for the detail in the photographs to tell their own stories.” — Podium Café
“A wonderful pictorial history of the race. The images are beautifully and imaginatively laid out, with a little under 250 large-scale pages that capture the race in all its guises.” — Wheelsuckers
“There is such great depth in the writing that you will not simply thumb through the book and be done with it, but will instead be drawn in by the stories being well-told.” — Bike Rumor
“Great pictures and great stories on the history of the Grand Boucle. Enjoying the stories and photos in Tour de France 100 can only increase your love of the sport. A must have.” — USCyclingReport.com
“Super-large format, the pictures are beautifully presented. A good coffee table photo book with a good balance between action and reaction shots.” — Podium Cafe
Praise for Richard Moore's book Slaying the Badger
""[Slaying the Badger is] a gripping narrative of this psychological and physical three-week war."" — Wall Street Journal
“Rich in drama and emotion. As racing books go, Moore’s book just might be the greatest ever.” — Outside magazine
From the Back Cover
The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world’s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. In its 100 runnings—the race was interrupted twice by war—it has cast its spotlight on some of the greatest athletes of all time, who fought their way across France’s magnificent landscape in pursuit of victory and the yellow jersey worn by the Tour’s overall leader.
InTour de France 100, award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.
Vividly reproduced photos abound of heroes of the race, from pioneers like Octave Lapize and Eugène Christophe—first to wear the yellow jersey—to legendary warriors like Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. The great battles—Fausto Coppi versus Gino Bartali, Greg LeMond versus Bernard Hinault—are richly told, as is the shocking death of Tom Simpson and the controversial disgrace of Lance Armstrong. And the high drama of the modern era, represented by super-sprinter Mark Cavendish and the droll Bradley Wiggins, is fully covered as well.
There is nothing else that compares to the Tour, andTour de France 100is a superb celebration, as well as a keepsake of the Tour’s 100th edition that will be treasured by all cyclists and bike racing fans.
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Top customer reviews
The book is divided by eras. Each section has a text describing the major events that went on during that era (including the controversial ones like Tom Simpson or Lance). I haven't seen a lot of these photos before elsewhere so it does feel like I purchased something unique and new that I didn't have before. When I received it, I ended up going through the whole thing at one sitting.
I find it's also been very helpful when I'm trying to answer something about the Tour to my "civilian" (read: non-cycling) friends.