Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour De France

Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour De France

by WilliamFotheringham (Author)


Fifty years ago, ten Britons crossed the Channel and made history. For the first time, a team of British cyclists took part in the Tour de France, the most gruelling event in all of sport. Only two of those riders completed that 1955 race; only one British newspaper bothered to send a correspondent. Today, the Tour has become part of the British sporting calendar. Men such as Tom Simpson, Robert Millar and Chris Boardman have written their names into the record books alongside the sport's acknowledged greats. In Roule Britannia, William Fotheringham, acclaimed biographer of Tom Simson, gives us the definitive account of British cycling's achievements in the Tour, through exclusive interviews with and profiles of all those who have completed the event. From Brian Robinson to David Millar, Roule Britannia celebrates a nation's half-century-long affair with the greatest race of all...


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press
Published: 10 Jun 2010

ISBN 10: 0224091573
ISBN 13: 9780224091572
Book Overview: William Fotheringham's critically acclaimed history of Briton's in the Tour de France now fully revised and updated to include the triumphs of Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Team Sky. 20040922

Author Bio
William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. His biography of Tom Simpson, Put Me Back on My Bike, was acclaimed by Velo magazine as 'the best cycling biography ever written'.