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Author: Max Leonard Narrator: Andrew Fallaize Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781982586645
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A lively and entertaining history of the riders who have come in last place during the grueling 3,000-mile Tour de France

Froome, Wiggins, Merckx―we know the winners of the Tour de France, but Lanterne Rouge tells the forgotten, often inspirational, and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider. We learn of stage winners and former yellow jerseys who tasted life at the other end of the bunch, the breakaway leader who stopped for a bottle of wine and then took a wrong turn, the doper whose drug cocktail accidentally slowed him down, and the rider who was recognized as the most combative despite finishing at the back.

Max Leonard flips the Tour de France on its head and examines what these stories tell us about ourselves, the ninetey-nine percent who don’t win the trophy, and forces us to re-examine the meaning of success, failure, and the very nature of sport.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A meticulously researched history chock-full of names and race information.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rich with stories. A lively and engaging book that offers a valuable lesson: A lanterne rouge may finish last, but at least he stayed in the race.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “This is not the world of Armstrong, Keane, or Pietersen and it is all the more appealing because of that.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A lively account. It’s not easy to come up with an original angle on Le Tour, but with this rear view Leonard has managed the feat in style.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “It’s not easy to come up with an original angle on Le Tour, but with this rear view Leonard has managed the feat in style.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “A fascinating account that focuses on the many stories, both real and mythical…Captivating, thoroughly researched, and well-written.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Max Leonard demonstrates that perhaps the best way to understand the Tour de France―and, to an extent, cycling as a whole―is to approach it as most of us would on a bike: from well behind…Its heart-on-sleeve moments, which can become syrupy quagmires in lesser reads, hurtle by, driven by Leonard’s relatively lean prose and his obvious personal passion.”

    Paste magazine

  • “Demonstrates that perhaps the best way to understand the Tour de France…is to approach it as most of us would on a bike: from well behind.”

    Paste

  • “There is much to learn from this book, which will prove amusing for cycling enthusiasts and interesting enough for sports buffs without a clue.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Max Leonard is the author of Lanterne Rouge and an amateur cyclist. He has written for Esquire, Monocle, Rouler, the London Daily Telegraph, and more.

About the Narrator

Andrew Fallaize is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.