How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France

How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France

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.

Title:How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780224083355
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    How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France Reviews

  • James

    The tale of young Ned Boulting. Fresh-faced and innocent as he joins the ITV Tour de France coverage team in 2003. Transferred in from other, lesser, sports Ned is completely green in the ways of cycl...

  • Adrian

    A very enjoyable read. Light and easy to put down and then pick up again. I enjoyed his writing style and some of the anecdotes made me laugh out loud. It would be interesting to read an updated versi...

  • Ben

    I absolutely loved this book!Grew up watching the Tour de France with my Dad, and have seen virtually every stage televised in the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10's to date. Throughout this time the commentary t...

  • Jim McDonnell

    A really quick, easy and enjoyable read, I could have easily read a version three times longer. Always amusing, interesting and enlightening - with this year's Tour a couple of weeks away I feel like ...

  • Paul

    I have watched the Tour on Channel 4 and now ITV 4 for many many years now, and read as much about the sport and the riders as I can. It was nice to read up on the view from the journalist.Boulting wa...

  • Jacqueline

    This is Ned's first book about life behind the scenes as a commentator on the Tour de France and tells how a total cycling novice gets thrown in at the deep end, learns the lingo and eventually become...

  • Soho_Black

    I’m not entirely sure why I still watch the Tour de France. After all, it has been proven that many of the higher ranked competitors over the years were cheating and even last year’s champion, Chr...

  • Heather Belleguelle

    I thoroughly enjoy listening to Ned (and David Millar) commentating on bike racing so was happy to pick up a copy of this book in a second-hand bookshop. The book is a little dated as it was published...

  • Ness

    As someone who used to work in press offices for sporting events I loved Ned's tales of following around the media circus. The worst part is always trying to get interviews with the competitors. The l...

  • Sam

    I loved this book. It was such a great depiction of both falling in love with a sport and the sheer character of everything Tour de France. Ned Boulting is an insightful and very amusing writer whose ...