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  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France
  • Max Leonard
  • English
  • 25 October 2020
  • 9780224091992

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REVIEW Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Max Leonard Þ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ã Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Ine and then took a wrong turn; the doper whose drug cocktail accidently slowed him down and the rider who was recognised as the most combative despite finishing at the back Lanterne Rouge 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 spor. Max Leonard a cyclist himself puts a new spin on losing the Tour de France In 2011 he was one of 4500 amateurs to attempt the tape du Tour one 208K stage of the pro race He chose to be a DNF did not finish By describing first hand the tape s trials Leonard makes it clear that just finishing the grueling 3500K actual Tour de France is a trophy worthy feat regardless of one s status in the race Traditionally the trophy given for last place is the lanterne rouge or red lanternBy telling the stories of twelve last place finishers from the first Tour in 1903 to modern Tours Leonard shows there is to life than winning He calls the Tour a three week lesson in France s geography and history it is a drama of ethics and emotions a tragicomedy in which 200 people want the same thing yet only one will get it In his well researched book Leonard tells of the origins of the Tour de France the politics financing effects of World War I on the race bicycle technology and weights and doping problems By tracking down old newspaper clips and writing to descendants of early cyclists he is able to tell interesting sometimes funny anecdotes For example some lanterne rouge winners when not taking wrong turns stopped along the route for wine breaks and napsEnhanced by interesting photos glossary suggested further reading and index Lanterne Rouge The Last Man in the Tour de France is filled with facts too many for me I regret to admit and I chose to be a DNF But for an aficionado I highly recommend this book Even though I did not finish the book I read enough to enjoy the history and to feel encouraged by the message

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REVIEW Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Max Leonard Þ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ã Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Acked the determination to finish What if you were trying to come lastFroome Wiggins Merckx – 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 w. Lanterne Rouge is the term for the last man in the general classemente of the Tour de France This is split into 12 chapters each showcasing a different last man starting apropriately with trying to make sense of the first one a difficult task made harder that the early years records had been destroyed by fireI also think as the number of finishers has increased steadily in the last number of years the reknown of the position has diminished somewhat Riders are now better prepared speeds have miraculously slowed in recent years much like the miraculous increases in the early 90s Of course that is not to ignore that this isn t a clean cut story of those struggling against the dopers dopers are included like Phillippe GaumontIn Ireland s national race The R s a term for a finisher particularly one of the county riders is Man of the R s for the suffering that they go through to get to the line For me in many ways this book represents the same atleast in the earlier years of it You have riders like Lambot featured 1919 where he came 10th overall but also last battling through the destruction of france and shortage of tyres For the way Leonard describes it Lambot s ride was epic to make it through Britain s Hoar and the Algerian rider Abdel Kader Zaaf though both Hoar and Zaaf I had known about before reading liked the pieces on the men I didn t known before The last number of chapters focused on recent riders ie ones during my lifetime like Durand Vansevenent Jimmy Casper Flores Borthers and GaumontBeing about the last man in the tour de france it bought a smile to my face in the symmetry that this was the last book i read in 2015 when I realised it brought a smile to my face I enjoyed the read Leonard s style is endearing It is engaging Planeta mediocrilor 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 w. Lanterne Rouge is the term for the last man in the general classemente of the Tour de France This is split into 12 chapters each showcasing a different last man starting apropriately with trying to make sense of the first one a difficult task made harder that the early years records had been destroyed by fireI also think as the number of finishers has increased steadily in the last number of years the reknown of the position has diminished somewhat Riders are now better prepared speeds have miraculously slowed in recent years much like the miraculous increases in the early 90s Of course that is not to ignore that this isn t a clean cut story of those struggling against the dopers dopers are included like Phillippe GaumontIn Ireland s national race The R s a term for a finisher particularly one of the county riders is Man of the R s for the suffering that they go through to get to the line For me in many ways this book represents the same atleast in the earlier years of it You have riders like Lambot featured 1919 where he came 10th overall but also last battling through the destruction of france and shortage of tyres For the way Leonard describes it Lambot s ride was epic to make it through Britain s Hoar and the Algerian rider Abdel Kader Zaaf though both Hoar and Zaaf I had The Prince of the Wind Karazan uartet #3 known about before reading liked the pieces on the men I didn t A Negotiated Marriage known before The last number of chapters focused on recent riders ie ones during my lifetime like Durand Vansevenent Jimmy Casper Flores Borthers and GaumontBeing about the last man in the tour de france it bought a smile to my face in the symmetry that this was the last book i read in 2015 when I realised it brought a smile to my face I enjoyed the read Leonard s style is endearing It is engaging

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REVIEW Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Max Leonard Þ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ã Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France Lanterne rouge French noun 1 The red lantern that hangs on the rear of a train 2 The competitor who finishes last in the Tour de FranceIf you complete a bike race of over 3000 kilometres overcoming mountain ranges and merciless weather conditions while enduring physical and psychological agony in the slowest time should you be branded the loser What if your loss helped a teammate win What if others l. Fascinating well researched highly personal race within the race insider micro not macro history of a niche within a fringe than mainstream at least in the US sport professional bicycle racing and specifically the grandest of the grand tours le Tour de FranceFor bike geeks and even July only fans there is than a passing familiarity and no small amount of grim fascination and sympathy and horror associated with that honorable yet often cursed but nonetheless visible than you might expect last place finisher in the world s most popular watched followed cycling race In a race that only includes super humans where a high attrition rate is driven both by cumulative exertion and accidents finishing last which sounds bad or maybe embarrassing is counter balanced by having survived which is something mere mortals could not reasonably aspire to and often and here s the bizarre aspect than a dollop of notoriety celebrity and sometimes big endorsement money At one level the book is a uasi seuential series of mini biographies or period pieces and many chapters stand alone nicely and it s nice to have met some of these colorful characters but at the same time this approach makes make the larger story line feel jagged fractured almost random and jumbled At another level the book provides a than competent thematic if not exhaustive lengthy history of one small slice of a long running global spectacle It s not a perfect book but frankly the relatively short chapters make it easier to digest in relatively small doses As a general rule I did not and probably couldn t consume it in large chunks But I definitely found it informative and often than not entertaining It definitely belongs on the recommended reading bookshelf for cyclists and cycling fans which is not as large or diverse as one might like but I can t say it s one of the first books I d recommend to someone new to the sport But again I m glad I read it Claudine kilometres overcoming mountain ranges and merciless weather conditions while enduring physical and psychological agony in the slowest time should you be branded the loser What if your loss helped a teammate win What if others l. Fascinating well researched highly personal race within the race insider micro not macro history of a niche within a fringe than mainstream at least in the US sport professional bicycle racing and specifically the grandest of the grand tours le Tour de FranceFor bike geeks and even July only fans there is than a passing familiarity and no small amount of grim fascination and sympathy and horror associated with that honorable yet often cursed but nonetheless visible than you might expect last place finisher in the world s most popular watched followed cycling race In a race that only includes super humans where a high attrition rate is driven both by cumulative exertion and accidents finishing last which sounds bad or maybe embarrassing is counter balanced by having survived which is something mere mortals could not reasonably aspire to and often and here s the bizarre aspect than a dollop of notoriety celebrity and sometimes big endorsement money At one level the book is a uasi seuential series of mini biographies or period pieces and many chapters stand alone nicely and it s nice to have met some of these colorful characters but at the same time this approach makes make the larger story line feel jagged fractured almost random and jumbled At another level the book provides a than competent thematic if not exhaustive lengthy history of one small slice of a long running global spectacle It s not a perfect book but frankly the relatively short chapters make it easier to digest in relatively small doses As a general rule I did not and probably couldn t consume it in large chunks But I definitely found it informative and often than not entertaining It definitely belongs on the recommended reading bookshelf for cyclists and cycling fans which is not as large or diverse as one might like but I can t say it s one of the first books I d recommend to someone new to the sport But again I m glad I read it