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With rare access to the remarkable photo archive of the Tour de France, this volume captures through stunning images and moving vignettes the breathtaking drama, heartbreak, and joy of the world's most captivating cycling event. Few sporting events can match the splendor and spectacle of the Tour de France—as teams of cyclists gather each July in quest of the coveted yellow jersey, ready to take on the 23-day chase through the French countryside lined with millions of spectators, and the winding and steep climbs and harrowing descents of the mountainous peaks of the Pyrennees and Alps. Created with the endorsement of the Tour organization and carrying the official TDF logo, this rich anecdotal and photographic history depicts, both the classic, almost mythic tales that have defined the event over the years, and the rare, untold glimpses from behind the scenes. Offering coverage through 2005, it will be the first historical overview to include coverage of Lance Armstrong's record-shattering seventh consecutive win. Each full-page spread stands on its own, allowing the reader to pick the book up anywhere and instantly absorb the magic moments that have enthralled fans for over 100 years. This is a beautiful, coffee table book, one that any cyclist or Tour fan will proudly display and eagerly peruse.