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Join Ned Boulting as he reports on his dozen-th Tour de France, an event in which blokes do amazing things on bikes, and, we’re oft told, the biggest annual sporting event in the world.

101 Damnations is a chance to relive the 2014 race, stage for stage, fall after fall, tantrum by tantrum; just the good bits mind, without all the aerial shots of castles. Or sunflowers. (Though it does wax lyrical about some stunning Alpine scenery . . . and, with the race starting in Yorkshire, even some stunning scenery not far from Bradford).

From Leeds to Paris (how often do you say that?), Ned details the minutiae of his encounters with the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, David Millar, Chris Froome, Chris Boardman (or ‘Broadman’ as some would have it), Marcel Kittel, Mrs Cavendish (Mark’s wife), Peter Sagan and the rest. Their endeavours, achievements, humour and occasional rancour, sit alongside his own decade-long quest for the ideal end-of-race T-shirt.

Ned weaves together the interesting, amusing and unheralded threads of the race itself, and reflects on his own perennial struggle to get round, get on and get by. 101 Damnations encapsulates all that is incredible – and incredibly ordinary – about the greatest race on earth.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3344 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LO1T460
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Best sports book of the year

 on 6 November 2014
By JGL
Ned has made a bit of a niche for himself with his series of often whimsical reminiscences from previous Tours de France and this book is a welcome edition to the canon. If you have read his previous works you will know what to expect here, humerous asides, potential disasters evaded, off the wall “interviews” and encounters with some of the biggest names in the sport. He manages to convey the wide eyed wonder of someone who appreciates the privileged access he has whilst sometimes being unable to quite believe it, which in turn allows him to cast a sometimes sceptical eye on things. This book is a joy to read, from his pride at being re-tweeted by Arthur Scargill, the burgeoning double act with Chris Boardman, to his interview with Didi the TDF “Devil” (who I believe has just announced his “retirement”), enthusiasm and general “good blokeishness” oozes from every page and if he should ever read this review I’d happily by the man a pint. And that’s high praise from a Scotsman!

loved it

 on 30 November 2014
By Finoula
Mr Boulting is is an engaging companion. I love the Tour (although I have no interest in bikes or bicycling) and it’s great to read about it when the writer is also so very much in love with it too. I want him to write one every year. It’s somewhat disconcerting to know that when I was looking up at the French red arrows equivalent that the author was across the way urinating…

Terrific!

 on 26 June 2018
By Lizibet
If you’re interested in cycling, you’ll love this, but even if you’re not, it’s a great read. Ned narrates the 2014 Tour de France: the people the history, the landscape. At times funny, at times full of pathos, it always holds your attention. It is one of those books you can read in one sitting, however I forced myself to read it slowly and savour it. Well worth buying.

Another good Tour tome

 on 15 December 2014
By Steveo
I like Ned Boulting’s easy writing style. While giving you a taste of the up and downs of a life of a reporter on le Tour he never goes too far – he has a job most would kill for after all… If you have read his other work you will recognise the cast of characters (the eccentricities of Chris Boardman being again a highlight). His passion for cycling comes across very strongly. I look forward to perhaps a more serious book next?

One for fans of Le Tour

 on 23 June 2016
By D. Sanders
Have enjoyed Neds previous books. Good combination of facts and humour. An excellent read for lovers of the Tour de France.

I enjoyed this, though it showed a more reflective side …

 on 7 February 2015
By Mr. A. Smith
I enjoyed this, though it showed a more reflective side of Ned who has gone from tour novice to expert over the last decade plus. The 2014 tour certainly was eventful and the impact of this comes through in the book. I found the various side-stories and historical elements fascinating, and indicative of the trust that many tour stars have in Ned, despite his self deprecating nature. I look forward to the 2015 story!

More comedic musings

 on 15 October 2017
By Sam
Whether you have dipped in to one of N Boulting’s previous reads matters not a jot. This is packed full of his easy humour and thoughtful observations. He is easy to read. This edition makes you want to bump into him at his local butchers to chew the fat on the latest goings on in the wonderful world of all things velo.
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