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1923: The Mystery of Lot 212...

... and a Tour De France Obsession


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The story of an obsession. When cycling commentator Ned Boulting bought a length of Pathé news film featuring a stage of the Tour de France from 1923 he set about learning everything he could about it - taking him on an intriguing journey that encompasses travelogue, history and detective story.

In the autumn of 2020 Ned Boulting (ITV head cycling commentator and Tour de France obsessive) bought a length of Pathé news film from a London auction house. All he knew was it was film from the Tour de France, a long time ago. Once restored it became clear it was a short sequence of shots from stage 4 of the 1923 Tour de France. No longer than 2.5 minutes long, it featured half a dozen sequences, including a lone rider crossing a bridge.

Ned set about learning everything he could about the sequence - studying each frame, face and building - until he had squeezed the meaning from it. It sets him off in fascinating directions, encompassing travelogue, history, mystery story - to explain, to go deeper into this moment in time, captured on his little film.

Join him as he explores the history of cycling and France just five years after WWI.

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Cordee Code: CCY370
No of Pages: 288
ISBN 10: 1399401548
ISBN 13: 9781399401548
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd
Published Date: February 2023
Edition: HB: June 2023
Binding: Hardback
Illustrations: B & W Photographs
Weight: 575g

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