Golden Stages TDF

TITLE : GOLDEN STAGES OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE . Edited and compiled by Richard Allchin and Adrian Bell.

Revised edition for the 100th edition of the worlds greatest annual sporting event the Tour de France.

With nine new chapters by many of the best known cycling writers and broadcasters in the world of cycling plus a refreshing and honest foreword by legendary cycling voice and author Phil Liggett MBE. Introduction by Richard Allchin and epilogue by Eurosport TV’s David Harmon.

ISBN 978-0-9531395-1-4

Size (mm) 210x148. Pages 226 approx. Eight colour images plus back and white photographs. Price 14.95 + 2.00 p&p. Postage for Europe is 5.50. Please enquire for the rest of the world.

Published 12th June 2013.Any details need please email or phone Richard on 02034418835 or Mick Clark on 02087236620.

Comments on our first edition:

Consisting of edited highlights (Of the races history) this is a budget book for the serious fan." Matt Seaton, The Guardian.

This is a collection of inspiring, informative and often lyrical essays by sixteen cycling enthusiasts, all indefatigable admirers of the giants of the Tour." Graham Robb, Times Literary Supplement

"Excellent in every way, this book is a triumph of the new wave of British sports-writing." Tim Hilton, Independent on Sunday.

Easily one of the most entertaining Tour book’s available” David Duffield” Eurosport TV

“…a beautiful book ,so timely produced.” Phil Liggett MBE . Voice of world cycling.

Back cover written commentary on the revised edition of The Golden Stages of the Tour De France:

The Tour de France began as a newspaper publicity stunt designed to do down a rival sports paper: a circumnavigation of the whole country in six colossal stages would make it the longest, hardest, most heroic cycle-race possible, and thereby seize the public's imagination.

The organisers of that first Tour in 1903 could scarcely have foreseen just how fervently the race would grip the nation, still less that they were establishing what was to become the world's greatest – and certainly, toughest – annual sporting event. Every July since 1903, interrupted only by world wars, the finest cyclists have assembled to ride the 2,500 miles of La Grande Boucle. Simply to complete a Tour de France is the ambition of every professional cyclist. And to wear the legendary yellow jersey, if only for a day, is a special honour.

Golden Stages, first published in 2003 to celebrate the centenary of the Tour, is now republished, with eight additional chapters, to coincide with the 100th Tour. Each writer has selected and told the story of a particular Stage to examine what it is that makes the Tour such a majestic and moving event, beginning with the first stage of the first Tour in 1903, and ending with that stage in 2012 when Bradley Wiggins effectively secured the first overall win by a British rider. Their accounts show how much has changed in the 100 years – the bicycles, the roads, tactics and organisation. But they also show what has not changed – the extravagant scale of the race, the mystique of the “Maillot Jaune’, and the courage of all who compete. Those things have remained the same, and they are vividly portrayed here. This second edition does not ignore the dark period the Tour has gone through in the years since 2003; these are addressed in this revised edition in the foreword and introduction.