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In ETAPE, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore will take readers on a virtual Tour de France, with each chapter focusing on a single rider in a single stage that came to define the Tour’s history.

In Étape, critically acclaimed author Richard Moore tells the stories behind some of the defining stages in the Tour de France’s history through the eyes of the protagonists: the heroes and villains, stars and journeymen.
Featuring exclusive new interviews with Mark Cavendish, Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond, David Millar, Chris Boardman and many other Tour riders past and present, Étape spans six decades in conveying the mystery, beauty and madness of the world’s greatest bike race.
The book includes Boardman’s famous debut in 1994, Cavendish’s best and worst stages, an emotionally charged win for Armstrong in Limoges in 1995 and his dramatic, drug-fuelled victory eight years later at Luz Ardiden, as well as iconic stages featuring giants of the sport: Merckx’s toughest Tour, Hinault’s journey through hell, LeMond’s return from near-death, and the tragic Marco Pantani’s domination of the most controversial race in Tour history, among others.
From the Alps to the Pyrenees, the sun-soaked plains of the midi to the rain-lashed cobbles of the north, Étape takes the reader on a virtual Tour. Along the way, in shedding new light on familiar events, unravelling mysteries and exploring untold stories, it confirms the Tour de France as unrivalled in its creation of myths and legends, and as a stage for courage, scandal, skill, and drama.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14245 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6WN68I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Loved it!

 on 9 August 2015
By Amazon Customer
A really easy, enjoyable and interesting read. I have followed the Tour avidly for the last 5 years and felt I head a handle on it but the chapters in this book, while dealing with various individual stages, clarified and broadened my understanding of less well known aspects, such as the “Grupetto”, appreciably and put flesh on the bones of many greats, many of whom I knew very little about. At the same time, Richard Moore revealed the failings and weaknesses of the big names while elevating the little known domestiques to new levels in my eyes. Perhaps dyed in the wool cycling enthusiasts know all the stories and characters involved and would think it a bit “light” but I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has even a little knowledge about cycling or has an interest in finding out more about it.

Does the race and riders justice

 on 6 December 2016
By AdamGR
What a great idea, the story of the Tour told through hand picked stages from different eras. The characterizations are excellent bringing to life to the motivations and demons of various riders, some famous others obscure. It really makes you appreciate what an amazing phenomenon the Tour is, where some people give everything they have in its service some even their lives. You could not fail to read this book without coming away feeling a sense of admiration for the people who have and continue to make this race so special. Looking forward to searching out the videos on You Tube of some of the stages covered.

A must read

 on 1 December 2015
By Mark Odom
Really enjoyed this book, gave a great snapshot of the TDF through the generations. to begin with I was expecting this to be a bit of a disjointed read with each chapter skipping to a totally differnt era and stage. However this is what actually makes the book, the diversity of the writing is enthralling. I knew a fair bit about the modern era of the event, but some of the stories and history of the event are simply amazing. A must read for any cycling fan or even if you are just into sports literature in general. I am now looking to explore the author further as this is definitely one you won’t want to put down.

Fantastic read.

 on 30 December 2016
By Tim Walker
In short – buy this book! Entertaining, insightful, brings something new even to the stories you’ve heard a dozen times before.

Great Cycling stories

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 on 19 June 2014
By Carlos
Richard Moore’s new book Etape is a wonderfully enjoyable look at a number of individual stages of The Tour. He has taken an individual stage, in fact even a rest day, and taken a fresh look at what happened and why. Re-interviewing the protagonists, their stories are often different to the version of events told at the time. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and this book certainly capitalises from this.

A real ‘must’ read for any cyclist

 on 4 February 2017
By Paul Coleman-Nye
A excellent book filled with fascinating information and stories of key moments. It is so easy to watch the Tour on TV and think you know what is going on but reading this book gives you a real insight of what actually happens with the riders, managers and strategy’s of the Tour De France.


 on 20 July 2015
By Robert Bull
Although I enjoy watching professional cycling I am not an affciado of the sport.However Richard Moore’s book I found quite exhilarating,the highs and lows the joy and despair of the Tour de France and its competitors from superstars to the lesser lights. All in all a fantastic read wish I could give it more than five stars.One of the best sporting books I have read.

Couldn’t Put It Down

 on 16 January 2017
By R.Rogers
Bought this as a Christmas gift for a lapsed cyclist and keen reader. Knowing he hadn’t read any cycling books I was unsure how successful this would be but he had finished it by 27th December as apparently couldn’t put it down. Comments were that it was well written, captivating and clearly a knowledgeable author.

It’s like reading the Tour highlights show

 on 4 August 2015
By Wordbear
It probably helps that Richard Moore and I grew up watching the same Tours. For anyone who fell in love with the Tour in the 1980s, this book is a must.

Thoroughly recommend.

 on 22 March 2016
By Nimz
Exceptional. I’m not a cycling fan but this completely drew me in to the lore and excitement. Thoroughly recommend.
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