Sky's the Limit: Wiggins and Cavendish: the Quest to Conquer the Tour de France

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On Sunday 22 July, Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider ever to win the Tour de France. It was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and a vision begun with the creation of Team Sky. This is the inside story of that journey to greatness.

Now fully updated to include the victorious 2012 Tour, ‘Sky’s the Limit’ tells the story of Bradley Wiggins’s epic ride to become the first British winner in the Tour’s history.

Dave Brailsford is the mastermind behind the phenomenal success of the British track cycling team which dominated the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and then again at London 2012.

Road cycling is a very different ball game, though. It’s what the serious cycling fans watch and it’s where heroes and villains are made.

It is a sport that is rooted in mainland Europe – a land that is, in so many literal, metaphorical and cultural ways, foreign to Great Britain.

Until recently, British victories in the Tour could be counted on the fingers of a mitten and no Briton had seriously challenged for the maillot jaune – the yellow jersey of overall winner.

Brailsford’s plan was to change that and ‘Sky’s the Limit’ follows the gestation and birth of a brand new road racing team all the way to their epic victory in 2012.

With exclusive behind-the-scenes access and interviews, ‘Sky’s the Limit’ follows the management and riders as they embark on their journey to conquer one the most gruelling races in world sport.

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Independent on Sunday:

Richard Moore, whose excellent Heroes, Villains And Velodromes chronicled Britain's success in Beijing, was given generous access by Brailsford and Team Sky, but this is not an authorised book – and is all the better for that. His well-informed, pacy account of last year's debut season has the twists and turns of a thriller, because things did not go to plan.

About the Author:

Richard Moore is a freelance journalist who has written on sport, art and literature, contributing to the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Herald, Guardian and Sunday Times. He was a member of the Scotland team in the Prutour, the nine-day cycling tour of Britain, and represented Scotland in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. His first book for HarperSport, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2007 British Sports Book Awards. His Heroes, Villains and Velodromes was a bestseller for HarperSport in 2008, and in 2009 he ghosted Chris Hoy's autobiography.

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