Here, for the first time, is the inside story of how the Tour was won and what it takes to make the leap from Tour contender to Tour champion. From joining the BMC team to crossing the finish line, award-winning journalist Rupert Guinness reveals the fascinating lead up and preparation behind Cadel's historic victory in the 2011 Tour de France. The campaign to win the Tour de France begins the day the last Tour finishes. Guiness takes us through the process of recruiting the best riders, the meticulous planning, the training camps, the equipment testing, the psychological preparation and the practice rides. He recounts the stages of the race and reveals how the the team supported Cadel's incredible all-or-nothing performance-the tactics they employed and the challenges that they had to overcome. This compelling window into the biggest event on the road cycling calendar gives a unique insight into the winning combination of team, training, talent and courage-and how Cadel's preparation for the Tour de France paid off with a spectacular win.
Rupert Guinness has covered 15 Tours de France, and for a time lived in France. He is a former editor of Winning Bicycle Racing Illustrated magazine, European correspondent for VeloNews (USA) and a contributor to Cycling Weekly (UK) and Velo (France). He has been nominated for a Walkley Award and has written six books, many about cycling. Rupert lives in Sydney, and covers sport for the Sydney Morning Herald.