Author(s): Marguerite Lazell
Tour de France: The Story of the World's Greatest Cycle Race plots the evolution of this great event, covering every Tour and featuring legends such as Jacques Anquetil, Eddie Merckx, Greg Lemond, Miguel Indurain, seven-time winner Lance Armstrong and the new generation of riders such as Alberto Contador and sprint hero Mark Cavendish. Covering every aspect of the Tour from its beginnings and early heroes to its incredible feats of endurance and fierce rivalries, this is the complete history of one of the world's greatest sporting events.
Marguerite Lazell has covered five Tours de France and the Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens as a journalist, along with numerous World Championships and World Cup events. A keen club cyclist, she has competed up to national level in both cycling and duathlon. She lives in West Sussex.
How the Tour Began (1903-1914 ) The Years of Living Dangerously (1919-1939) When the Italians Ruled the Tour (1947-1952) The Making of a New French Hero (1953-1956) Anquetil: Master of the Peloton (1957-1960) Merckx: The Belgian Cannibal (1969-1974) Thevenet: The Giant Slayer (1974-1977) Hinault, Lemond and Fignon (1978-1990) Indurain Joins the Greats (1991-1996) The Great Doping Scandal (1997-1998) Armstrong: The Record Breaker (1999-2005) A New Champion Emerges (2006-2011) Records Index