The 102nd Tour de France is a three-week sporting festival contested over 3,360 kilometres. This is the world’s biggest annual sporting event and it appeals to a vast audience because it’s a compelling competition with a long history; there’s spectacular scenery, displays of phenomenal human endeavour… and there’s always a twist in what is anything but an ordinary script.
On the menu are 21 stages tracing an intriguing route from the centre of the Netherlands, through Belgium, and onward to France. The first French stop includes the rough cobbled roads made famous by the Classic, Paris-Roubaix, in the north of the country, then it’s off to the cycling heartland of Brittany for a few stages before a transfer south for a bout of climbing in the stunning Pyrenean mountain range. The itinerary then sends riders in a northerly direction, towards the anticipated rendezvous in the Alps… and, of course, the final true challenge on the final Saturday – what promises to be an epic encounter to Alpe d’Huez.
To discover the route, the riders, the history and the culture of this amazing event, be sure to get the ideal TV viewing companion: the Official Tour de France Guide (Australian Edition)!
It’s on sale from 18 June 2015 in selected newsagents, bike shops, Dymocks and Coles.
Cycling is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity in Australia, and the Tour de France is a captivating event that lures many in to the beauty of this amazing sport… but it’s a complex competition with plenty of nuances. The Official Tour de France Guide will help you understand everything about the race.
Produced by RIDE Media in partnership with the race organisers, the Official Tour de France Guide (Australian edition) is 228 pages of pure Tour!
This is the 13th year RIDE Media has published Official Tour de France Guide, and each year the Tour Guide delivers excellent insight into every aspect of the race – sporting, cultural, historical, geographical and more.
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Inside the Official Tour de France Guide, you’ll find a giant pull-out poster with a detailed map with the route for the 102nd edition.
Other features include:
- Interview with the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali
- Profiles on the main title challengers – Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador
- Rating the 10 favourites: winning the yellow jersey requires a range of strengths… how do the big names stack up against each other on the climbs, in time trials, as tacticians, and team strength?
- The Australians: what impact can we expect the Aussies to have in 2015?
- Summary of the sprint specialists: who is vying for the green jersey this year?
- Team profiles: comprehensive lists of the 22 teams that will take part in the 102nd Tour… including comments from five-time champion Bernard Hinault and stats on every eligible starter
- Team bike summary: the equipment of the Tour
- History: 40 years since Eddy Merckx last wore the yellow jersey; remembering Hinault’s epic victory in the 1985 Tour; 40 years of finishes on the Champs-Elysées…
- Complete stage-by-stage overview: from Utrecht to Paris… maps, profiles, commentary, broadcast times, insight – everything you need to know about the route of the 2015 Tour!
- Honour roll: all the winners (and some asterisks)… yellow jersey, green jersey, polka-dot jersey, white jersey and more…
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The Official Tour de France Guide is the most complete preview of the big race. It is on sale in selected newsagents, bike shops, Dymocks book shops and Coles supermarkets.
(If you cannot find the Official Tour de France Guide in a shop near you, write to RIDE Media or call us and we’ll let you know where to look.)
RIDE Media also publishes a quarterly magazine, RIDE Cycling Review, which examines every aspect of the sport, the equipment used, the personalities involved and all that’s beautiful about riding. Released in March, May, September and November, each issue contains five comprehensive bike tests, pages of product reviews, profiles and interviews, and features on where to ride, what to ride and why it’s good to ride.
Visit our site throughout the Tour de France in July for features on the race as it unfolds, or look through our archives (using the search engine or by clicking on the ‘features’ or ‘Tour de France‘ links at the top of the page) to discover more.