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Tourmen: The Story of the Men Who Made the Tour de France

By Les Woodland

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ISBN: 978-0984311729
Suggested Retail price: $16.95 US
6 x 9 paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing

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About the book:

The Tour de France is the greatest bike race in the world, but it began as a humble promotional gimmick for a floundering newspaper. More than 100 years later the Tour still captivates the world and is broadcast to over 180 countries. How did a few men looking for some way to save their struggling business become masters of a giant, successful enterprise? To learn the answer Les Woodland examines the race through the prism of the men who started Tour de France, and those who now run it. As he explores the creation and evolution of the Tour, he never runs out of those fascinating illustrative tales that make his books impossible to put down.

About the author:

Les Woodland has been cycling for 50 years and has been writing about cycling since 1965, when he wrote his first reports for the British publication Cycling. Since then he has been a prolific contributor to newspapers, magazines and radio stations in the U.K. and Belgium. Mr. Woodland, who currently lives in France, speaks several of the languages of cycling: English, Dutch and French. Tourmen is his 25th book.

Video: Author Les Woodland explains how Henri Desgrange came to start the Tour de France and goes on to tell about the men who organized and ran the Tour over its more than 100-year history.