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.
In Tour 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, and Tour de France 100 is 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.
Hardcover with jacket. More than 250 b&w and color photographs throughout.
11″ x 12″, 224 pp., $34.95, 9781937715069
1 The Circle of Death, 1903-1914
2 The Yellow Jersey, 1919-1929
3 The Giants of the Road, 1930-1947
4 The Greatest Show on Earth, 1948-1952
5 Bobet and the Bald Mountain, 1953-1960
6 Master Jacques and the Eternal Second, 1961-1968
7 The Cannibal, 1969-1977
8 The Badger, 1978-1985
9 Anglo Invasion, 1986-1990
10 A Dark Shadow, 1991-1998
11 The Armstrong Era, 1999-2005
12 Aussie and British Rules, 2006-2012
Titans of the Tour
Tour de France Winners 1903-2012
Acknowledgments & Photo Credits
Tour de France 100 is the most beautiful book about cycling you will ever see! The photos are simply stunning. Even though I’ve read dozens of books about the Tour de France, this book has a lot of photos I’ve never seen published anywhere before.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super-large format, the pictures are beautifully presented. A good coffee table photo book with a good balance between action and reaction shots.