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  • Published: 15 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041764
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

How I Won the Yellow Jumper

Dispatches from the Tour de France




A funny and frank account of falling in love with the Tour de France by television's quintessential roving reporter, Ned Boulting

'Paris, 4 July 2003: My first Tour de France. I had never seen a bike race. I had only vaguely heard of Lance Armstrong. I had no idea what I was doing there. Yet, that day I was broadcasting live on television. I fumbled my way through a few platitudes, before summing up with the words, "...Dave Millar just missing out on the Yellow Jumper." Yes, the Yellow Jumper.'

Follow Ned Boulting's (occasionally excruciating) experiences covering the world's most famous two-wheeled race. His story offers an insider's view of life behind the scenes of the Tour, as well as detailing the complexities and absurdities of reporting on the race and confronting the most celebrated riders - Cavendish, Wiggins, Armstrong et al - seconds after they cross the line.

Eight Tours on from Ned's humbling debut, he has grown to respect, mock, adore and crave the race in equal measure. What's more, he has even started to understand it.

Funny and frank, How I Won the Yellow Jumper is the account of Ned's journey - that same journey undertaken by many tens of thousands of cycling enthusiasts - from tour trainee to incurable fanatic.

  • Pub date: 15 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041764
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

Ned Boulting

Ned Boulting started his broadcasting career at Sky in 1997, working as a reporter alongside Jeff Stelling on the now legendary show Soccer Saturday. In 2006 he was given the Royal Television Society’s Sports Reporter of the Year Award. In addition to his work as a football reporter for ITV, he has now presented seven Tours of Britain, the Vuelta España, the Tour of California as well as the Tour Series and the inaugural Women’s Tour. He has contributed features and live reports on twelve Tours de France. He is the author of the much-loved books How I Won the Yellow Jumper and On the Road Bike.

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Praise for How I Won the Yellow Jumper

“I thought Ned was an old hand at the Tour. Evidently he was clueless ... Told with panache”

David Millar

“Quirky, warped, enthusiastic and funny”

Chris Boardman

“Lifts the lid on the dirty secrets, the secret shame, the flabby, overhanging underbelly of British TV coverage of the Tour de France. At last, a book about the Tour that's just plain fun”

Matt Rendell

“A candid, insightful and often hilarious account of how a one-off assignment became a lifetime obsession. Anyone who likes France, cycling, media coverage of sport, obsessives and above all the magic that is the Tour de France will enjoy this book”

Alastair Campbell

“The Tour de France has inspired some brilliant writing over the years, and this book is right up there”

Adrian Chiles


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