Monday, 22 July 2013

New Book Maps the History of Le Tour de France

With the 100th edition of Le Tour de France coming to a close on Sunday 21st with Britain's Chris Froome in first place, one book charts the history of the cycling race through maps.

Mapping Le Tour charts the course of every race route in cycling’s most prestigious event, including a special section on this year’s 100th Tour de France.

With a map of each edition of the Tour de France, along with photographs, text on the history of the race, and lists of the stages, winners and key statistics, Mapping Le Tour is essential reading for any cycling fan.

Each Tour de France race map is accompanied by statistics, including:

• Race and stage distances • Highest point • Number of starters and finishers • Average speed • Jersey winners

Twenty of Le Tour’s iconic locations – many of which have featured in the Etape du Tour – are put under the spotlight, and an extended section on the 2013 race is included, with detailed maps and statistics on each of this year’s stages.

Taking the title by more than four minutes, Froome linked arms with his team-mates as he crossed the line in Paris. It is Britain's second successive victory in the race - Froome's Team Sky colleague Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win it a year ago.