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Blazing Saddles: The Cruel and Unusual History of the Tour de France is a new book by sports writer Matt Rendell. The book examines the Tour’s inspiring and sometimes astonishing history, its whimsical mishaps and astounding feats.
Blazing Saddles is available now in bookstores, bike shops, and online.
The book recounts the famous rivalries and riders who contested the Tour, setting the record straight with complete results of every podium finisher. Rendell’s storytelling is complemented with more than 100 black and white photographs, portraying cycling’s heroes and martyrs, villains and cheats, from the very first race to modern times.
Matt Rendell is the author of Kings of the Mountain and A Significant Other. His biography The Death of Marco Pantani was the 2007 National Sporting Club Best Biography and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.