Since the mid-20th century, the world has only ever heard one side of an incredible story. The story of a boy from an ordinary family whose ambition it was to become an artist, but who instead became a drifter. His destiny however was not to drift into the awaiting oblivion, but to rise to the greatest heights of power, eventually to become one of the most influential men who ever lived. Now for the first time, here is a documented account of a story many believe to be…The Greatest Story NEVER Told!
The early years of the Tour are full of heroics and all the protagonists are featured, from Lucien Petit Breton and Philippe Thijs, to Rene Vietto and Antonin Magne. After WW2 came the Italian revolution with the emergence of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, one of the greatest of them all. However, the Golden Age of the 50's saw the return of the French champions in Bobet, Walkowiak and Gaul as well as the inaugural win of Jacques Anquetil in 1957 who went on to complete the first ever five-timer. His battles with Raymond Poulidor are still talked about to this day. Then came Eddy Merckx, who trounced the opposition in his five victories. Merckx was followed by Luis Ocana, Bernard Thevenet and Lucien Van Impe before the next five-time winner emerged in Bernard Hinault, followed by Spanish legend Miguel Indurain who dominated the early 1990's with his five consecutive victories from 1991.
The world's greatest bike race as seen from the air. "How beautiful France is, viewed from the air! France with its countryside and its cities. France with its magnificent monuments and its hidden treasures, its churches, and its old villages. The Tour de France was created in 1903 and popularised through the radio, but television without doubt was what gave it real prominence. Today, the spectacular scenery of the event is filmed using the latest camera technology, capturing the beauty of the surroundings in which the world s greatest bike race is set. In 1948 the first live outside broadcast took place, the arrival at the Parque des Princes filmed using simple fixed camera positions. Then cars were introduced, swiftly followed by mobile cameras and helicopters, which capture the wonderful pictures which we admire every July. Finally, the introduction of high definition in 2007 allowed superb quality pictures to be beamed around the world.