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The Tour According to G

My Journey to the Yellow Jersey
Lu par : Dafydd Pritchard
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For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his teammates. 

In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion - from the cobbles of the north and the iconic mountain climbs of the Alps to the brutal slopes of the Pyrenees and, finally, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. 

As a boy, G had run home from school on summer afternoons to watch the Tour on television. This July, across 21 stages and three weeks, and under constant attack from his rivals, he made the race his own.  

With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heartwarming tales in sport.   

Not only can nice guys come first - they can win the biggest prize of all.

©2018 Geraint Thomas (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Richard
  • 27/01/2019

Not a fan of GT but really enjoyed the book

Tom Fordyce wrote the book and you know this because 1, they credit him and 2, if Gerraint wrote it then every sentence would start “phwooargh... I dunno....like.... yeah....nah....”

So we’ll done everyone cause I love cycling but Gerraint has never captivated me as Froome or Nibali, Sagan or even Simon Yates. He is still a brilliant athlete and his story in this book is the best I’ve ever read. Miles better than the efforts of Froome or Wiggins and miles miles more engaging than Cadel Evans’ book or Chris Boardman’s.

There is something genuine about the description of what went on during the Tour, there is very little on useless things that happened when he was a kid (as often happens in biographies). This book is a traight to the race and the drama and delivers on what the title of the book is selling.

I have already read it twice and the audiobook is fantastic- the reader is a voice-a-like in the same way Wiggins and Froome’s books were read. The reader is excellent and really gives a sense of Geraint. I was very impressed.

Absolute 10 out of 10, I kind of wanted Dumolain to win but Thomas showed that hard work beats everything.

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