A Race for Madmen
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A Race for Madmen is the extraordinary history of the Tour de France. It explains how a simple sporting contest captured the imagination of a country, then a continent, and then the world, while at the same time staying uniquely French, even though a Frenchman hasn't won it for over 20 years. It explains why every July the race for the white, green, polka dot and, most importantly, the yellow jersey hypnotises the world with three weeks of sporting madness.
Chris Sidwells is a freelance journalist who has written about all facets of cycling. His previous book Tour Climbs, l on the climbs of the Tour, is regarded takers the bible for all attempting the ^^arduous mountain stages. He spends every July in France covering the race.