Etape: 20 Great Stages From The Modern Tour De France

by Richard Moore

Velo Press | June 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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What if all the best Tour stages happened in one race? In Étape, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore weaves first-person interviews with cycling''s great riders to assemble a "dream team" of the best Tour de France stages in modern history.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour''s legends and scoundrels about their best-ever day on the bike (and their most heartbreaking defeats), Moore unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of the Tour: LeMond''s impossible return from near-death, Schleck''s primal scream atop the Galibier, Merckx''s self-described toughest Tour, Cav''s mind-bending victory in Aubenas, Hinault''s hellish battle with Fignon.

Étape assembles the greatest days of modern Tour history into a Tour de France of incredible victory, glorious failure, shocking revelation, and beautiful memories. In the words of those who were there, Étape recreates each day vividly and reveals the beauty and the madness of cycling''s greatest race.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: June 25, 2014

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1937715302

ISBN - 13: 9781937715304

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Etape: 20 Great Stages From The Modern Tour De France

Etape: 20 Great Stages From The Modern Tour De France

by Richard Moore

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: June 25, 2014

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1937715302

ISBN - 13: 9781937715304

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FOR FABIO July 21, 1995 Montpon-Ménestérol–Limoges 166.5 km, flat The memory is as vivid as the stain that could be seen darkening the road. It was a damp patch, a small puddle emanating from a stricken rider’s head, expanding on the asphalt as riders sprinted past, rubbernecking at 45 mph to catch a glimpse of the figure on the road. He was lying on his side, curled up in the fetal position. The riders streaming past included a 23-year-old American, Lance Armstrong. Looking back now, he recalls, “I had been behind—it was on the descent of the Portet d’Aspet—and we were in single file. It wasn’t as if you were bunched up and one side saw, one side didn’t. Everyone saw him. I was one of those guys. And, yeah . . . I knew it was Fabio.” Less than three years earlier, Armstrong had ridden the Olympic road race in Barcelona. It was his final race as an amateur; he would turn professional the following week and ride the Clásica San Sebastián, finishing last. But in Barcelona he had been expected to shine; he had been expected—not least by himself—to win. Instead, however, a 21-year-old Italian, Fabio Casartelli, rode a masterful race. Casartelli escaped with two other riders, Erik Dekker of Holland and Dainis Ozols of Latvia, as the rest of the field watched the big favorites, Armstrong and Davide Rebellin, who was Casartelli’s Italian teammate. Casartelli, in a washed-out, faded version of
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Outsider | Chris Boardman, 1994
Chapter 2: Beware of the Badger | Bernard Hinault, 1980
Chapter 3: The Bulldog | Wilfried Nelissen, 1994
Chapter 4: The Sculptor | Joel Pelier, 1989
Chapter 5: The Boy with Fire in His Eyes | Mark Cavendish, 2009
Chapter 6: For Fabio | Lance Armstrong, 1995
Chapter 7: Dutch Cold War | Marc Sargeant, Frans Maassen, 1992
Chapter 8: Trilogy | Eddy Merckx, 1971
Chapter 9: Guerrilla Warfare | Luis Herrera, Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon, 1984
Chapter 10: Anarchy | Stephen Roche, Jean-Francois Bernard, Andy Hampsten, 1987
Chapter 11: The Devil |Claudio Chiappucci, 1992
Chapter 12: Shock and Awe | Bobby Julich, Jorg Jaksche, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich, 1998
Chapter 13: What About Zimmy? | Urs Zimmermann, 1991
Chapter 14: The Unknown Warrior | Jose Luis Viejo, 1976
Chapter 15: Champagne Freddy | Freddy Maertens, 1981
Chapter 16: Honor Among Thieves | Lance Armstrong, Iban Mayo, 2003
Chapter 17: Untold Stories | Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, David Millar, 2010
Chapter 18: Playstation Cycling | Andy Schleck, 2011
Chapter 19: Redemption | David Millar, 2012
Chapter 20: La Resurrection | Greg LeMond, 1989
Acknowledgments

From the Publisher

What if all the best Tour stages happened in one race? In Étape, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore weaves first-person interviews with cycling''s great riders to assemble a "dream team" of the best Tour de France stages in modern history.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour''s legends and scoundrels about their best-ever day on the bike (and their most heartbreaking defeats), Moore unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of the Tour: LeMond''s impossible return from near-death, Schleck''s primal scream atop the Galibier, Merckx''s self-described toughest Tour, Cav''s mind-bending victory in Aubenas, Hinault''s hellish battle with Fignon.

Étape assembles the greatest days of modern Tour history into a Tour de France of incredible victory, glorious failure, shocking revelation, and beautiful memories. In the words of those who were there, Étape recreates each day vividly and reveals the beauty and the madness of cycling''s greatest race.

From the Jacket

The Tour''s Greatest Stars Recount Their Toughest Battles

Heroes and villains, stars and water carriers-the giants of cycling stride the epic stage of the Tour de France each year in search of lasting glory. Critically acclaimed author Richard Moore explores their untold stories and infuses them with vivid life in Étape, revealing the beauty and madness of the world''s greatest bike race.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the Tour''s legends and scoundrels, Étape unravels lingering mysteries and recounts strange tales from 20 great stages of recent Tour history: Greg LeMond''s impossible return from near-death. Andy Schleck''s primal scream atop the Col du Galibier. Eddy Merckx''s self-described toughest Tour. Mark Cavendish''s mind-bending victory in Aubenas. Bernard Hinault''s hellish battle with Laurent Fignon.

From the sun-soaked slopes of the Pyrenees to the rain-lashed cobbles of the north, Étape celebrates the Tour de France as an unrivalled myth-maker, where courage, scandal, skill, and drama create the sport''s enduring legends.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

Lance Armstrong
Jean-François Bernard
Chris Boardman
Mark Cavendish
Claudio Chiappucci
Laurent Fignon
Andy Hampsten
Luis Herrera
Bernard Hinault
Jörg Jaksche
Bobby Julich
Greg LeMond
Frans Maassen
Freddy Maertens
Iban Mayo
Eddy Merckx
David Millar
Wilfried Nelissen
Joël Pelier
Stephen Roche
Andy Schleck
Marc Sergeant
José Luis Viejo
Urs Zimmermann

About the Author

Richard Moore is a sports journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Award. His second book, Heroes, Villains and Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, and the Scotsman. He is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
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