• The Tour According to G

  • My Journey to the Yellow Jersey
  • By: Geraint Thomas
  • Narrated by: Dafydd Pritchard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his teammates. 

In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion - from the cobbles of the north and the iconic mountain climbs of the Alps to the brutal slopes of the Pyrenees and, finally, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. 

As a boy, G had run home from school on summer afternoons to watch the Tour on television. This July, across 21 stages and three weeks, and under constant attack from his rivals, he made the race his own.  

With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heartwarming tales in sport.   

Not only can nice guys come first - they can win the biggest prize of all.

©2018 Geraint Thomas (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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Not a fan of GT but really enjoyed the book

Tom Fordyce wrote the book and you know this because 1, they credit him and 2, if Gerraint wrote it then every sentence would start “phwooargh... I dunno....like.... yeah....nah....”

So we’ll done everyone cause I love cycling but Gerraint has never captivated me as Froome or Nibali, Sagan or even Simon Yates. He is still a brilliant athlete and his story in this book is the best I’ve ever read. Miles better than the efforts of Froome or Wiggins and miles miles more engaging than Cadel Evans’ book or Chris Boardman’s.

There is something genuine about the description of what went on during the Tour, there is very little on useless things that happened when he was a kid (as often happens in biographies). This book is a traight to the race and the drama and delivers on what the title of the book is selling.

I have already read it twice and the audiobook is fantastic- the reader is a voice-a-like in the same way Wiggins and Froome’s books were read. The reader is excellent and really gives a sense of Geraint. I was very impressed.

Absolute 10 out of 10, I kind of wanted Dumolain to win but Thomas showed that hard work beats everything.

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A bit boring

I wanted to like it. I liked Froome’s book, then tried this one figuring I’d found a genre I liked. Froome’s was good, the story writing was good. G’s is dry. Didn’t learn much, didn’t laugh. Got about 60 mins into it.

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sounded like G !

I enjoyed the book very much as a long time fan of him. The insights of the tour at the time. It seem like they never fill in the details while you are watching the coverage. This book did that and was very satisfying as to the details of that Tour. Thanks for filling in the details from a Tour watcher!

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Great content but the narrator leaves much to be desired

Geraint has an amazing story! Too bad they didn’t choose a better narrator. Each paragraph is a huge run on sentence. Not much inflection and a very difficult listen.

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  • Frankie Angels
  • 11-30-18

Great book but odd narration.

A great account of a truly brilliant achievement by Geraint Thomas.

I loved this book but it was slightly spoiled by the narrators odd tempo and emphasis on the wrong words.

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  • Mr. Diego De Arruda
  • 03-13-19

Big fan of G but the book not so much

Seems like it was put together quickly to make the most of the tdf win. Very basic, without a lot of in depth detail.

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  • Pat Heard
  • 02-26-19

Good story BUT....

I stuck with this book because it was something I was interested about, but it seems as though it was pushed through...strike now while Geraint is in the headlines. Nothing wrong with that but it lacked a little depth to the story, I'm sure it must have been put together in a couple days. Another problem was the narrator he had no personality in his voice & if the book hadn't been about a subject I like I would have found it very difficult to finish it. Shame really because what Geraint won he deserves a better book.

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  • B. Norley
  • 11-08-18

wasn't quite as good as his first

didn't like the guest narrators voices. the writing wasn't quite as funny as his first book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

Great book

This is a great book, not just for cycling fans. Anyone who is involved in sports will relate to the effort that goes into winning. From a boy in Cardiff, to a man winning the hardest cycling event.

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  • Colin Newton
  • 02-24-21

Amazing Insight

Being a cycling fan I loved this book. G shows how hard work pays off and loved his honesty throughout

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  • James
  • 08-02-20

The narrator ruins it

Wow. I am 6 minutes in and I have been driven to write this review. I have listened to most of the pro cycling books available on audible. Be it Wiggo, Cav, Hamilton, Gaimon, Millar, Sagan, etc. And they were all great and I’m sure this one is too. But the narrator complete ruins it in the way he reads it like a poem and not prose. I can’t focus on the words he is saying because his reading style is so annoying. He can’t get through even a short sentence.....without a pause for seemingly dramatic effect. Rubbish.

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  • Doc G
  • 06-20-20

Lifts the lid on a great sporting institution

This is an engrossing and powerfully personal account of Geraint Thomas’ fantastic achievement in winning the 2018 Tour de France. Frank, perceptive and reflective prose confirming the 100% commitment involved, brought to life in an engaged and expressive reading by a bank of fine voice artists. Highly recommended. 👏😀

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  • Sera P
  • 06-15-20

Essentially a written transcript of the race footage

I really enjoyed G’s first book, which was entertaining and offered many personal insights. Unfortunately this book is literally like an audio commentary of each stage of the tour. There is very little detail added beyond what listeners will have already seen on TV coverage.

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  • Barry Williams
  • 04-14-20

Enjoyable

Definitely enjoyed book, gave an insight into G winning the Tour, narration was easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-21

fantastic

great read. really enjoyed the mental insights into riding in the tour. The story is good, not too long, well written and read.

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  • Wendy Ross
  • 07-03-19

Interesting insight into TDF

Interesting for someone who follows TDF to learn more of what they really think and do.