Author(s): S. Laget
Treasures of the Tour de France is a celebration of the 100th edition of the one of the world's most famed annual events. Generally considered to be the greatest test of endurance in the sporting world, the Tour de France covers more than 2200 miles in just over three weeks, climbing high into both the Alps and Pyrenees on a circular journey around France and briefly into neighbouring countries before ending on Paris's iconic Champs-Elysees. This brand new edition, in an exciting new format with new features and stories, comprises an authoritative narrative account of each major era in the sport up to and including the 2012 Tour and items of memorabilia from the past 109 years. There are features on the superstars and the memorable moments for each of the years. It also contains 40 facsimilie items of rare sporting memorabilia from the race archives packaged into six folders. The reader can relive the dramatic events that have entranced the watching millions by holding and examining souvenir brochures, period newspapers, posters, stickers, postcards and items of correspondence from leading figures associated with the epic sports event.
Serge Laget was eight years old when, on holiday in the south of France, he watched the Tour de France go by. He was hooked and has followed the Tour ever since, covering it as a journalist for L'Equipe since 1987. He has written many books on cycling including Le Cyclisme, La Saga du Tour de France and La Belle Epoque du Cyclisme. He lives in Paris. Luke Edwardes-Evans is a freelance sports writer who regularly contributes articles to Cycling Weekly magazine and is the author of two Tour de France guides. He lives in the south of England, and had the rare pleasure of watching the 2007 Tour go within a few miles of his home. Andy McGrath is a staff wroter for Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport magazines. He has covered the Tour de France, Tour of Italy and the sport's big one-day Classics.