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Quite a few factual errors and typos 8 juillet 2013
Par M. McCann - Publié sur
Format: Relié
As 2013 marks the 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race , and just like the centenary year of 2003, a massive surge in books about the Tour de France have popped up. Some are reworkings of those originally launched 10 years ago but there are many new offerings in different formats, some concentrating on the photography, others the topography and many more a linear narrative covering each edition. This book takes a Schott's Miscellany approach, with snippets of information and fact presented in what seems to be a stream of consciousness manner. There is no logic to what follows the preceding entry which can be disconcerting if you are reading it cover to cover-you can skip from Phillipe Thys to Eddy Merckx then onto a random quote, then a summary of a stage followed by a history of the polka-dot jersey. This is obviously designed for dipping in and out of at random but I don't feel this approach works on such a subject.

There are other criticisms, including some of the writing. There are a number of contributions that repeat the same thing in separate, continuous sentences- the biggest culprit being one explaining why Coppi never took part in the 1953 Tour, citing the World Championships and where they were to take place in three sentences one after the other- obviously a massive failure of editing. In fact I feel that there was obviously a rush to get this book out since there are a number of mistakes that editing should have caught. Some are misspellings but others are factual which, since this is a book that is purely about facts are unforgivable. For example Ivan Basso is rendered "Ivan Busso" in one entry, and Franco Bitossi becomes "France Bitossi".

However the typos are not the worst failures- there are some pure factual inaccuracies. According to White, Andy Hampsten won the white young riders jersey in the 1996 Tour, which would have made his 1988 Giro victory all the more impressive as he would hardly have been out of puberty if that was so!

In another part he refers to the tifosi support of the Lion King in the title and describes the climbing exploits of Claudio Chiappucci in one stage , despite the fact that it is well known that the "Lion King" nickname belongs to Mario Cippollini and mountain stages were never Cipo's friend!

There is very little new to anyone who has a vague interest in the Tour in this book, while complete Grand Bouchle novices will struggle to understand why some entries were important due to a lack of context. It does not help that White has bunged in random stage reports from different editions without explaining why they are worthy of inclusion-in fact many are in the vein that "such and such a rider won this stage in this date" without identifying why those stages out of the hundreds that have taken place are mentioned.

So in summary, this book does have some uses, and may encourage new followers to find out a bit more about the largest annual sporting event in the world. However due to the rich seam of writing that the Tour has always prompted, there are many other books out there with this information placed in context and, I have to say, without the occasional factual blunder. Generally more of a help in setting quizzes as opposed to understanding the complexities of World Tour Cycling, but again I would advise checking the facts elsewhere just to be sure. A few more hours under the eyes of an editor and fact checker could have made this a valuable resource, rather than a rehash of well-known stories and some factual wobbles!
Tour de force! 3 juillet 2013
Par Mr Pilchy - Publié sur
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John has pulled together a great little book of facts and factoids about the greatest cycling race the world has ever seen. He has unearthed some gems on this massive feat of endurance and the timing of its publication is perfect. Sit yourself down in front of the tv to watch the tour and take a leaf through John's book to keep yourself fully informed - then get out on your bike!!!
The Tour de France Miscellany 3 juillet 2013
Par mike5635 - Publié sur
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A wonderful well written book for the budding racer in the family it takes a in-depth look at cycle racing from the inside. I just love the quirky little gems that are on every page of this book in a word brilliant.
excellent 5 juillet 2013
Par sonia mccann - Publié sur
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Excellent book for all bike fans telling you all about the greatest bike race in the world i would highly recommend it
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