Etape : 20 Great Stages from the Modern Tour de France

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What if all the best Tour stages happened in one race? In Etape, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore weaves first-person interviews with cycling s great riders to assemble a dream team of the best Tour de France stages in modern history. Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour s legends and scoundrels about their best-ever day on the bike (and their most heartbreaking defeats), Moore unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of the Tour: LeMond s impossible return from near-death, Schleck s primal scream atop the Galibier, Merckx s self-described toughest Tour, Cav s mind-bending victory in Aubenas, Hinault s hellish battle with Fignon.Etape assembles the greatest days of modern Tour history into a Tour de France of incredible victory, glorious failure, shocking revelation, and beautiful memories. In the words of those who were there, Etape recreates each day vividly and reveals the beauty and the madness of cycling s greatest race."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 313 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 10.16mm | 453.59g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1937715302
  • 9781937715304
  • 123,328

About Richard Moore

Richard Moore is a sports journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Award. His second book, Heroes, Villains and Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, and the Scotsman. He is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth more

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Moore tells the inside story of some of the Tour s greatest modern exploits. "" As he did in "Slaying the Badger" and "Tour de France 100," author Richard Moore peers behind the curtains of the sport of cycling, sitting down with some of the Tour s modern icons, and its scoundrels, to unravel and recount strange tales from 20 great stages in recent Tour de France history. "VeloNews magazine" All [the Tour s] complexity and more is dealt with by Richard Moore in "Etape," which offers a tour through the Tour de France...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 Cafe " 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" In "Etape," the Scottish author has dug deep beneath the surface and found the more obscure, but fascinating tales from the Tour that will keep the reader entertained The level of detail is astonishing. "Canadian Cycling magazine" All the world's a stage. "Etape" captures the best of them with the heroes delivering the most compelling of lines. Moore has selected 20 stages with the results not only defining a race but what it means to be a human being placed in the centre of events that strain every sinew and make extraordinary demands on one's emotional and psychological stability [The book is] mesmerizing. "The Scotland Herald" "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 "Etape" and thinking of the Tour in a different light. "Podium Cafe" The entire book is fascinating. "Scotland Daily Record" Readable, enjoyable and the kind of book to dip in and out of "Etape" is a timely reminder that the Tour de France is packed with too many stories to tell. "The Inner Ring" Moore is a consummate story teller. Start reading a chapter and you will not put it down until it is finished. His is a writing style that is comfortable and compelling, a style that is a pleasure to read no matter what the topic might be. "Cycling Utah""show more

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The Tour s Greatest Stars Recount Their Toughest BattlesHeroes 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 Etape, revealing the beauty and madness of the world s greatest bike race.Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour s legends and scoundrels, Etape 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, Etape 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: Lance Armstrong Jean-Francois Bernard Chris Boardman Mark Cavendish Claudio Chiappucci Laurent Fignon Andy Hampsten Luis Herrera Bernard Hinault Jorg Jaksche Bobby Julich Greg LeMond Frans Maassen Freddy Maertens Iban Mayo Eddy Merckx David Millar Wilfried Nelissen Joel Pelier Stephen Roche Andy Schleck Marc Sergeant Jose Luis Viejo Urs Zimmermann "show more