Lanterne Rouge

Lanterne Rouge

The Last Man in the Tour De France

Book - 2015
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Froome, Wiggins, Mercks--we know the winners of the Tour de France, but Lanterne Rouge tells the forgotten, often inspirational and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider. We learn of stage winners and former yellow jerseys who tasted life at the other end of the bunch; the breakaway leader who stopped for a bottle of wine and then took a wrong turn; the doper whose drug cocktail accidentally slowed him down and the rider who was recognized as the most combative despite finishing at the back.Max Leonard flips the Tour de France on its head and examines what these stories tell us about ourselves, the 99% who don't win the trophy, and forces us to re-examine the meaning of success, failure and the very nature of sport.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781605987866
1605987867
Branch Call Number: 796.6 LEONARD
Characteristics: 264 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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carolannbagan
Jan 31, 2017

really really dry. all stats no real biographies of the early last man over the line at le tour

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dthomas6
Dec 11, 2015

Good read for those who can't get enough TDF. Interesting how difficult it is to actually finish last, without being eliminated. And some guys -- Jackie Durand -- did it with panache.

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