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Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de…

Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France

by Jeff Connor

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Devoid of cliches and bowling along at an enjoyable pace, this is a rare thing... A very good sports book. It tells the tale of the ANC Halfords team and their naive attempt to ride the Tour de France in 1987, from the perspective of an embedded journalist. It's not about cycling, it's about human relationships and biting off more than you can chew. Hilarious and tragic at the same time. ( )
  Colin531 | Mar 20, 2016 |
In Wide Eyed and Legless, Jeff Connor (a former fell-running champion-turned-journalist) is sent to ride the Tour stages ahead of the race and also report on the ill-fated ANC-Halfords team, under-prepared and under-financed, as it falls apart during the race. One of the best accounts of a team on a tour. The sprinter Malcolm Elliott - one of the three who made it to Paris - said later that he signed for a Spanish team so he'd never have to ride the Tour de France again.

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In this new edition of 'Wide-Eyed and Legless', Connor describes in detail what it takes to compete, survive and win during those 26 days of gruelling effort in the name of sport. Previous ed.: London: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

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