Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition) – On sale NOW!
The 2012 Official Tour de France Guide – All you need to know about the 99th edition!
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- On sale from 15 June 2012 -
This year’s Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition) is 292 pages of pure Tour. Your ideal television viewing companion, it includes full team listings with a comprehensive overview of all 22 teams that will be in the 99th edition of the Tour de France. You can find the Tour history of all 607 riders who are eligible to contest the race in 2012. We offer an appraisal of what the objectives of each team is likely to be and consider what their chances of success are. With expert commentary from the five-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault, a review of the bikes used (including information on replica models that are sold in Australia) and great photography, this gives you insights to answer all your questions about the teams of the Tour.
There are over 60 pages devoted to explaining the route for the 99th Tour de France – from Liège to Paris (30 June to 22 July 2012) – with analysis from the race director Christian Prudhomme, commentary from Rob Arnold, and details from the race’s director of competition Jean-François Pescheux. There is a pull-out poster (60cm x 95cm) with a complete map of the route for this year’s Tour but the stage pages also feature details of every climb, intermediate sprint and each town the Tour will visit in 2012. There are profiles of every stage (with kilometres listed both for distance from start and, in response to many requests from readers, distance from finish): which means you’ll be able to trace the path of the peloton as you watch the competition unfold on the television coverage.
We have an interview with the defending champion, Cadel Evans by one of the world’s most respected cycling journalists Jean-François Quenet. There’s also a profile on the real “form favourite” – Bradley Wiggins, as well as an appraisal of all the other favourites for the title in 2012.
Of course, no Official Tour de France Guide would be complete without some history on the race. This year, we look back at the Tours from 100 years ago, 60 years ago and 30 years ago: Odile Defraye in 1912, Fausto Coppi in 1952 and Bernard Hinault in 1982. There’s also an extract from Will Fotheringham’s new book about the greatest rider of all time, Eddy Merckx which explains the events of the 1971 Tour when Luis Ocaña seemed assured of beating ‘The Cannibal’… only to crash out of the race during a storm in the Pyrenees…
For the 10th year in succession, RIDE Media has produced the most comprehensive guide to the Tour de France that you can find.
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