Pain & Privilege Inside Le Tour - Sophie Smith
Pain and Privilege: Inside Le Tour is a profound insight into the stories behind the image of the Tour de France, showcasing the sacrifice, despair, strategy and chaos of those four weeks in July to reveal a fascinating new perspective on the greatest race on earth.
The Tour de France puts on one of the great viewing spectacles of the year, showcasing extraordinary human endurance and sporting achievement across the beautiful landscapes of France. But underneath the facade, it's a different story – a story of suffering, sacrifice and pain. This is that story. Pain and Privilege gets under the skin of cycling's cruel super race, describing what it is really like: from the laughs to the tears, from the politics to the personal, from inspirational triumph to desperate failure.
In 21 chapters, one for each stage of the Tour, Sophie Smith takes us behind the scenes of the race and the characters who compete in it. The chapters draw on observations and first-hand accounts from current-day champions and modern legends of the sport, as well as their 'domestique' teammates, who make the same sacrifices for no international recognition or lucrative contract deal. Team staff, sports scientists, psychologists, agents, media and dignitaries all contribute to a complex and confronting portrait of the world's grandest sporting spectacle.
With contributions from Tadej Pogacar, Caleb Ewan, Cadel Evans, Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Robbie McEwan, Primoz Roglic, Mark Cavendish, Sam Bennett, Ben O'Connor, Michal Morkov, David Brailsford, Matt White, Allan Peiper, Patrick LeFevere and Cherie Pridham.