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The Story of the Tour de France, Volume 2: 1965-2007 (English Edition)

The Story of the Tour de France, Volume 2: 1965-2007 (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bill McGann , Carol McGann

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Volume 1 of "The Story of the Tour de France" concluded with Jacques Anquetil's record-setting fifth Tour win. Volume 2 opens with the greatest Italian racer of the modern age, Felice Gimondi and his effortless victory at the young age of 22. Despite his extraordinary talent, he never won the Tour again.

Starting in 1969, Eddy Merckx began his run of 5 victories. Bernard Hinault, who also managed to win 5, followed him. Unable to fulfill his destiny as a likely 5-time winner because of a hunting accident, Greg LeMond won the tour 3 times. LeMond's era was followed by the remarkable Spaniard Miguel Indurain, the first man to win the Tour 5 times in a row.

The late 1990s were a time of extreme crisis for the Tour as the culture of doping within the professional cycling community erupted into the scandal of 1998. "The Story of the Tour de France" deals with this episode at length.

Emerging from a near-fatal bout of cancer, Lance Armstrong went on to do what no other rider in the Tour's long history had ever been able to accomplish, win the tour 7 times. Following Armstrong's retirement, the Tour was again seized by scandal, this time Floyd Landis' disqualification for drugs after winning the 2006 Tour.

The book concludes with the story of the 2007 Tour, followed by a quest for the greatest ever Tour de France rider, and an epilogue that explains the reasons for the extraordinary success of the Tour.

What they are saying about "The Story of the Tour de France":

"After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann's 'The Story of the Tour de France' is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, perhaps in any. Most of my preferred references are in French, one runs to over 800 pages, yet the McGanns' opus revealed information new to me in almost every paragraph. Their research has been not only impeccable, but insightful." —Owen Mulholland, author of "Uphill Battle" and "Cycling's Golden Age"

"'The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World' by Bill and Carol McGann is a must read." —"Road Bike Action Magazine"

"For any historian of the sport the McGanns' Tour de France history is essential reading. Details of the stages and the riders are not glossed over. For those who are new to the sport, the McGanns bring the glory days of the sport alive with the intrique that still exists today. Epic stages that might have faded into oblivion are eloquently recounted so that future generations of cyclists wil know the rich history of our beautiful sport." —Neil Browne, editor, "Road Magazine"

"Besides towering over all bicycles races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic character, like Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. The McGanns' passionate and insightful writing evokes the raucous cast of riders, promoters, and journalists thrusting through highs and lows worth of opera. This volume stands out as a must-read book for anyone seeking to appreciate cycling's race of races." —Peter Joffre Nye, author of "The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport" and "Hearts of Lions"


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Even better than Volume 1... 9. September 2008
Von Paul Scarpelli - Veröffentlicht auf
Since reading the McGann's first volume on the Tour, I have been eagerly awaiting Volume 2, which I received a few days ago. Volume 1 documents the beginnings of the Tour de France and the early years (through 1964), and covers the race and it's context better than any other book. Volume 2 is even better; more robust and with greater detail; and it is the best piece on the world's greatest sporting event ever. Each year's Tour is recapped, but more interesting are the rider descriptions, tactics, and color. As an example from the 1992 Tour:

"Claudio Chiappucci was what Miguel Indurain wasn't. Where Indurain was cold, calculating, riding only to win and no more, knowing that whatever time gaps he had allowed could be closed with a display of brute horsepower in the time trials, Chiappucci was the opposite. The Italian was willing to gamble, to take magnificent chances to gain time. He had to run these big risks knowing how vulnerable he was in the time trials. Indurain said that he had to have eyes on the back of his head when he raced Chiappucci." The book is busting with observations such as this. How entertaining!

If you are a racer or a casual rider, you will love this book. And if you are a Lance Armstrong-era noob, you will gain more insight into that period from this book than from any other.

Highly recommended from an old Category 2 racer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for a Great Race! 16. Dezember 2009
Von Michael E. Jacoubowsky - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a book for those with a reading light on their nightstand. Bill and Carol McGann have put together an encyclopedia of the Tour de France between 1965-2007, what most of us can relate to as the modern era. The transition from National teams (riders racing under the flag of a given country, ie., France, Germany, Italy etc) to Factory teams (Peugeot) to the multi-corporate sponsorships we have today. The various doping scandals of the past, which help provide a context for what we hear about today. The back-breaking transfers from one stage to the next that might have the riders not arriving at their next town until midnight, leaving short rest for the following-day's 120+ mile race. The progress (and decline) of riders from year-to-year in a linear chronology that makes it easy to follow.

All too often we see little snippets of information, perhaps on [...] or, giving us the route for the current race and telling us when it last rode over this pass, or through this town, without any context. With this book in hand, you'll have it, and you can imagine how things might play out this time! That's where I find "The Story of the Tour de France" invaluable, as I have visited the Tour de France 9 of the past 10 years, and feel like I have inside information on how things are likely to unfold.

There's a place in the world for oversized coffe-table books with beautiful full-page color pictures on glossy paper. But if you want a great reference book to keep at your side while following the Tour de France, whether in person or on TV or the 'net, this is for you. Why go to sleep with the TV droning on in the background, waiting for that nightly coma to set in, when you can read a book like this instead?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The story of the Tour De France Volume 2 29. November 2012
Von Jimmy E. Mcelhaney - Veröffentlicht auf
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Fantastic read, this is the second book I have read by the author Bill McGann and I love his style, it is personal, accurate and really well written. I could not put it down, if you are a cycling fan you will definitely want to read this book. Five star read, Highly Recommend this book as well as his first volume and the Story of the Giro.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great insight into pro cycling 23. Juli 2013
Von Kenny - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have been a fan of Lance and the Tour de France for many years. I now have a different perspective into the accomplishments of the pro cycling peloton after reading Tyler's first-hand account of the culture. This book is very well written and reveals in detail how doping was able to thrive at the highest level of cycling, and remain so undetectable for so many years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 27. Mai 2013
Von Juan Manuel Ferrero - Veröffentlicht auf
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Culture of cycling is based in the past and based on that present is easier to understand, inimaginable some aspects of cycling many years ago and how has evolved
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