Tour De France For Dummies

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A plain-English guide to the world's most famous-and grueling-bicycle race

Featuring eight-pages of full-color photos from recent Tour de France races, this easy-to-follow, entertaining guide demystifies the history, strategy, rules, techniques, equipment, and competitors in what is arguably the most grueling and intriguing multiday, multistage sporting event in the world. Cowritten by the most popular English-speaking cycling commentator on the planet, this book is great reading for both experienced and the new bicycle racing fans alike.

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About the author

Phil Liggett is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster widely regarded as the voice of the Tour de France.

James Raia is a syndicated columnist and cycling journalist.

Sammarye Lewis is an author and Tour de France photojournalist.

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John Wiley & Sons
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May 4, 2011
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Sports & Recreation / Cycling
Sports & Recreation / General
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