"The Treasures of the Tour de France" comprises an authoritative narrative account of each major era in the sport up to and including the 2011 Tour. The reportage is complemented by features on the superstars and the memorable moments for each of the eras. It also contains 40 facsimile items of rare sporting memorabilia integrated into the pages of the book. 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 LEquipe newspaper since 1987. He has written many bookson 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 writer who regularly contributes articles to Cycling Weekly and the author of two Tour de France guides. He lives in Tonbridge, in Kent, a short hop from France, and enjoyed watching the 2007 Tour pass within a few miles of his home.
The Early Years; Father of the Tour; Le Grand Depart; Into the High Mountains; The Story of the Yellow Jersey; Italian Dominance; The King of the Mountains; The Bobet Era; Just About the Bikes; The Anquetil Era; The Merckx Era; The Great Climbs; The Thevenet Era; The Hinault Era; Sponsored Teams; The LeMond Era; The Next Generation; The Indurain Era; The Publicity Caravan; L'Arrivee Finale; The Armstrong Era; The Era of Zero Tolerance; The Stories Behind the Treasures.