9781472900807

Rouleur Centenary Tour de France 3404 kilometres, 21 stages, 21 stories

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    9781472900807

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/16/2014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport
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Summary

For the 100th edition of the world's greatest bike race, and the seventh annual edition of the sport's greatest cycling publication, we sent seven writers and photographers on the road at the Tour de France, each given three stages to record their individual takes on La Grande Boucle.

Sebastian Schels captures the rugged beauty of Corsica, contrasting empty mountains with populous roads. Former Guardian sports writer Richard Williams recalls a dramatic grand départ, with numerous crashes and a stuck team bus.

Photographer and writer Geoff Waugh follows two careers, one beginning, the other drawing to a close. Danny van Poppel, 19, became the youngest Tour rider since the Second World War, making an immediate impression with third place on the opening stage in Bastia. The hugely popular Jens Voigt, meanwhile, went out in style with numerous attacks during his final Tour at the age of 41.

The tiny village of Saint-Béat bordering the Pyrenees was devastated by flash floods in late June. Timm Kölln and Oliver Nilsson-Julien witness proud locals preparing for the arrival of stage 9 amidst destroyed homes and businesses.

Eurosport commentators Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly spend three weeks in a cramped TV booth on the finish line at each day's stage. Robert Wyatt trains his lens on the broadcasters at Mont Saint-Michel, while Ian Cleverly goes walkabout with roving reporter – and recently retired pro cyclist – Rob Hayles as he interviews riders and managers on the start line.

Taz Darling and Rouleur Editor Guy Andrews get up close and personal with the Tour organisation. Race Director Christian Prudhomme and his team conjured up one of the best Tours in decades. Taz and Guy find out how on the road to Mont Ventoux.

Patience is a prerequisite of Tour-watching. Paolo Ciaberta finds fans on Alpe d'Huez who have been in position for days. Andy McGrath asks them why, as well as reporting on the Froome phenomenon and a disastrous race for the home nation.

Jakob Kristian Sřrensen and Morten Okbo hook up with Russian team Katusha for the final three stages to Paris – one day in the race car, the next witnessing tears of relief, then finally reaching the Champs-Élysées and tears of joy at an emotional after-party in the capital city.

3,404 kilometres, 21 stages, 21 stories.

Author Biography

Features outstanding photography and contributions from Rouleur's regular writers, including former Guardian sports writer Richard Williams.

Table of Contents

RICHARD WILLIAMS

STAGE 1: PORT-VECCHIO TO BASTIA
The eight jets of the Armée de l’Air’s aerobatics team pass overhead and Chris Froome has crashed before the race proper has even started… At the other end of the day, the Orica-GreenEdge bus is well and truly wedged beneath the finish gantry. The strangest Grands Départ in years.

STAGE 2: BASTIA TO AJACCIO
Stray dog causes havoc; Froome attacks – sort of; Jan Bakelants wins his first race as a pro and takes yellow.

STAGE 3: AJACCIO TO CALVI
Orica-GreenEdge are in the news again, Simon Gerrans taking the team’s first ever Tour win. Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, rides on with a fractured pelvis.

GEOFF WAUGH

STAGE 4: NICE TO NICE
When Danny met Jensy. The youngest Tour debutant since WWII, Dutchman Danny van Poppel, versus veteran rouleur extraordinaire Jens Voigt.

STAGE 5: CAGNES-SUR-MER TO MARSEILLE
Laissez-Faire – our photographer goes about his business despite underpowered rental cars and attention from the gendarmerie.

STAGE 6: AIX-EN-PROVENCE TO MONTPELLIER
Parlez-vous français? Mr Waugh gets lost in translation.

OLIVIER NILSSON-JULIEN

STAGE 7: MONTPELLIER TO ALBI
STAGE 8: CASTRES TO AX 3 DOMAINES
STAGE 9: SAINT-GIRONS TO BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE
Saint-Béat in the Midi-Pyrenees was devastated by flash floods in June, businesses and homes alike destroyed. With just two weeks to prepare for the Tour’s arrival, how did the community cope with the circus coming to town? And did they care?

IAN CLEVERLY

STAGE 10: SAINT-GILDAS-DES-BOIS TO SAINT-MALO
The journalist’s car window sticker makes him king of the road, access all areas. Trying to race-follow without is next to impossible: 'Route Barrée’…

STAGE 11: AVRANCHES TO MONT-SAINT-MICHEL
Eurosport’s Carlton Kirby and Sean Kelly spend each stage in a less than commodious mobile TV studio positioned next to the finish line. The Rouleur team squeeze in with them.

STAGE 12: FOUGERES TO TOURS
Rob Hayles prowls the start area in search of interviews for Eurosport and hits gold: Dave Brailsford, Chris Froome, Dan Martin and Mark Cavendish all face the camera.

GUY ANDREWS

STAGE 13: TOURS TO SAINT-AMAND-MONTRAND
Backstage with the corporate schmoozing crew at the podium.

STAGE 14: SAINT-POURCAIN-SUR-SIOULE TO LYON
Five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault – ‘The Badger’ – shows his softer side hosting the VIPs.

STAGE 15: GIVORS TO MONT VENTOUX
Tour director Christian Prudhomme hard at work atop the legendary Ventoux.

ANDY MCGRATH

STAGE 16: VAISON-LA-ROMAINE TO GAP
Un Tour Sans – a singularly unsuccessful home Tour so far for the host nation. Thomas Voeckler defends his countrymen’s lacklustre performances.

STAGE 17: EMBRUN TO CHORGES
Froome, Team Sky and the persistent doping allegations from a bloodthirsty media pack.

STAGE 18: GAP TO ALPE-D’HUEZ
Forty-two Hairpins: Andy joins the throng on the iconic climb of Alpe d’Huez. Fancy dress, booze and sunburn – and that’s just Andy.

MORTEN OKBO

STAGE 19: BOURG-D’OISANS TO LE GRAND-BORNAND
Photographer Jakob bags a lift in the Katusha team car, while Morten gets friendly with a young lady from Pittsburgh, all in the cause of international relations.

STAGE 20: ANNECY TO ANNECY – SEMNOZ
Morten picks a fight with the presenter, live on Danish TV, then sheds tears as Nairo Quintana storms past on the mountain.

STAGE 21: VERSAILLES TO PARIS
Our intrepid Danes steal champagne from Danish TV, then jump onto a moving broadcast vehicle to hitch a lift to the finish, only to fall off entering the Champs-Élysées. They recover to party into the early hours with Team Katusha.

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