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What a Ride

An Aussie Pursuit of the Tour De France

What a Ride by Rupert Guinness
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Sports journalist Rupert Guinness has been covering the Tour de France for 20 years and in that time has watched the Australian riders evolve into the collective force they are now: from pioneering Phil Anderson who in the 1980s set the mark by becoming the first Australian to claim the yellow jersey to our legendary band of ‘domestiques' (or helpers) such as Neil Stephens and the likes of yellow jersey winner Stuart O'Grady, sprinters Brad Mc Gee and Robbie McEwen and general classification contenders such as triple world time trial champion Michael Rogers and the great Cadel Evans. Rather than just present statistics and race results, Guinness analyses the riders' fortunes and misfortunes through his knowledge of and relationship with these extraordinary Australian athletes.

There is more to the Tour than just the riders, however. Life on the road for any ‘suiveur' - or official follower in the 4500 race entourage - is a constant unravelling of crises and chaos. There are humorous and sadly tragic moments, heroes and villains, and testing times when everything seems to go wrong. But there are also days of perfect riding, extraordinary scenery and uplifting successes.

What a Ride is not just a book about Australians racing the Tour, but a warts and all insider's account from an Australian journalist in pursuit of the Australian riders seeking victory in the greatest and hardest race of them all.

Allen & Unwin; June 2009
320 pages; ISBN 9781741765946
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Title: What a Ride
Author: Rupert Guinness