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    DescriptionNo sporting event has had its past and present, its highs and lows so intricately entwined with those of a country like the Tour has with France. The Tour de France is the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and at the same time it transcends sport. The Tour de France comes to the people. It passes their houses, it turns right in their village squares, it thunders through their suburban streets and into the hearts of their towns and cities. It is a unique event in that people don't so much go to see the Tour, as it comes to see them. A Race for Madmen traces how the Tour de France has developed and examines tactics, bike technology and rider preparation too. It profiles some of the men who have won the Tour de France, and others who have been key players, looking closely at their lives and motivation. Subsidiary competitions, such as the King of the Mountains prize, are featured, as well as Tour lore and traditions. The book examines the Tour's extraordinary history, and how a bike race, a simple sporting contest captured the imagination of a country, then a continent and then the world, while at the same time it has stayed uniquely French, even though a Frenchman hasn't won it for over 20 years.


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    Title
    A Race for Madmen
    Subtitle
    A History of the Tour de France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Sidwells
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 300 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007511006
    ISBN 10: 0007511000
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SPO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.4
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
    DC23: 796.6079
    Thema V1.0: SMQ
    Illustrations note
    (Over 100 colour photos - 4x8pp)
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Harpersport
    Publication date
    23 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Chris Sidwells is a bestselling author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster; a writer of books, magazine and newspaper features on every aspect of cycling and fitness.
    Review quote
    * 'An intriguing read for almost any reader, not only those who are interested in cycling.' Tuam Herald * '[An] engaging and accessible account of the race's history.' Sunday Business Post