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Le Tour in London

As the Tour de France comes to Britain for the first time ever, what can three books tell us about the meaning of the world's most demanding athletic contest?

By Jack Thurston   July 2007

The Beautiful Machine: A Life In Cycling from Tour De France to Cinder Hill by Graeme Fife (Mainstream, £16.99) Push Yourself a Little Bit More: Backstage at the Tour De France by Johnny Green (Orion, £17.99)

Le Tour: A History of the Tour De France by Geoffrey Wheatcroft (Simon & Schuster, £8.99)

Kicking off on 7th July, this year’s Tour De France will be the first in the event’s 104-year history to start in Britain. Another first is that there will be no reigning champion. Just a week after the American rider Floyd Landis won last year’s yellow jersey, it…

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