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The Resource Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep : the story of the first Tour de France, Peter Cossins

Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep : the story of the first Tour de France, Peter Cossins

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Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep : the story of the first Tour de France
Title
Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep
Title remainder
the story of the first Tour de France
Statement of responsibility
Peter Cossins
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eng
Summary
Full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating, the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair. Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman, said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager, Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache, and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had never raced before. Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto, cyclists of the time were wary of this 'heroic' race on roads more suited to hooves than wheels, riding hefty fixed-gear bikes for three full weeks. 'With a few francs you could win 3,000', the paper declared in desperation, eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and, among other hopefuls, a butcher, painter and decorator, and a circus acrobat. Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes? Surprisingly it did, and, all thanks to a marketing ruse, cycling would never be the same again. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began
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NLE
Dewey number
796.620944
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no index present
LC call number
GV1049.2.T68
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep : the story of the first Tour de France, Peter Cossins
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http://ebook.3m.com/library/GCL-document_id-pqf88g9
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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text
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rdacontent.
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Cloudon1003998172
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1 online resource.
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online
Isbn
9781473546790
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computer
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rdamedia.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
pqf88g9
Label
Butcher, blacksmith, acrobat, sweep : the story of the first Tour de France, Peter Cossins
Link
http://ebook.3m.com/library/GCL-document_id-pqf88g9
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
Cloudon1003998172
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781473546790
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
pqf88g9

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