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  • Published: 20 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787290471
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384

Roule Britannia

Great Britain and the Tour de France

The latest addition to Yellow Jersey's cycling list, from acclaimed author William Fotheringham

Fifty years ago, ten Britons crossed the Channel and made history. For the first time, a team of British cyclists took part in the Tour de France, the most gruelling event in all of sport. Only two of those riders completed that 1955 race; only one British newspaper bothered to send a correspondent. Today, the Tour has become part of the British sporting calendar. Men such as Tom Simpson, Robert Millar and Chris Boardman have written their names into the record books alongside the sport's acknowledged greats.

In Roule Britannia, William Fotheringham, acclaimed biographer of Tom Simson, gives us the definitive account of British cycling's achievements in the Tour, through exclusive interviews with and profiles of all those who have completed the event. From Brian Robinson to David Millar, Roule Britannia celebrates a nation's half-century-long affair with the greatest race of all...

  • Pub date: 20 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787290471
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

William Fotheringham

William Fotheringham is the number-one bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. He writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby and is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called `the best cycling biography ever written’. A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France.

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Praise for Roule Britannia

“Brilliant...tells each story with passion and sensitivity”

Sunday Times

“Painstakingly resarched...a fascinating insight”


“Highly readable”

Daily Mail

“William Fothering's book is painstakingly researched and gives a fascinating insight into the workings of the Tour.”

The Independent

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