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Le Fric: Family, Power and Money: The Business of the Tour de France by Alex Duff

Le Fric: Family, Power and Money: The Business of the Tour de France by Alex Duff

2022 LE FRIC by Alex Duff Here’s a rarity: rather than yet another book about the race, Le Fric by Alex Duff looks at the…

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2022 LE FRIC by Alex Duff Here’s a rarity: rather than yet another book about the race, Le Fric by Alex Duff looks at the Tour de France from a different perspective; focusing on the company behind the famous event, it’s more about the business side than the actual racing. It’s a welcome new approach.

Does any race give rise to more books than le Tour? Easy answer: no. A question that would be harder to answer is this: are there any angles that haven’t yet been explored in some way? It appears so.

Look at what has appeared in recent years: obviously there are regular histories of le Tour, whether they’re the official version, the unofficial version or a more data-driven tome entirely. Even the iconic yellow jersey warrants its own treatment, and of course there is the inevitable compendium.

There are a few publications specific to a particular Tour, be it an extended report of the 1976 race, a collection of paintings from the 2014 event, or an annual reviewing the centennial Tour. And you can forgive ‘G’ for wanting to capitalise on his 2018 victory.

Next up are publications where someone has actually made an effort to come up with something different, such as maps of Tour routes or the official route maps (which are not the same thing), or even a cartoon treatment. Piggyback

Then there’s the range of books that are not specific to the Tour, but simply want to piggyback on the name: to […]

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