The Tour de France is a yearly bicycle race that covers on average 2,200 miles. The race usually lasts for 23 days and attracts cyclists and fans from around the world. The course changes yearly, but always ends in Paris.
Cyclists and fans of the Tour de France will be happy to know that there are several good DVD’s covering each and every aspect of the race. I’ve included the top five below.
The first is the “2005 Tour de France” DVD, starring Lance Armstrong. It is not rated, and is a set of two DVD’s, which are four hours in length. In it, Lance Armstrong, who set a new standard of six wins in a row and topped it with number seven in 2005 retired from the popular sport. It features extended coverage of the critical mountain stages of the race. Also included, is Lance’s friend Ivan Basso, also a CSC rider, trailing him by less than three minutes for most of the race, and finishing second overall. Mr. Armstrong pulled out all the stops and bested his opponent, named Ullrich, by 23 seconds.
It is available on Amazon for the price of $35.70 for new DVD’s, and $29.99 for used.
Secondly, there is the 12 hour DVD set entitled “Tour de France 2007, the Tour Rediscovered”. It is also available on Amazon. It includes the acting of Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, and Alberyo Contador. It was produced by Tim Grady. It runs for approx. 720 minutes.
It is said that this DVD brings back interest to the race, after some scandal had been hinted at, as far as the race was concerned. They state that it also brought back hope that the sport of cycling could be rediscovered in the minds of millions of fans.
The price for this 12 hour long set is from $49.95 to $89.99. It is not rated. It is a 6 disk set, and received a high rating of satisfaction from Reviews.
Number three on the list is “Tour de France 2006”, a 12-Hour DVD set, subtitled “Floyd Landis Hero or Villain?”
It is available on Amazon. It includes the acting of Floyd Landis, Phil Liggettt, Paul Sherwen, and is directed by Tim Grady.
This is said to be the most controversial DVD concerning the Tour de France and it’s history.It all stemmed from the cyclist named Landis. In spite of being found guilty of using the banned substance called testosterone, American cyclist, Landis, continued to deny any wrongdoing, stating that his testosterone levels had always been high. The controversy will probably continue for years.
The price for this set of DVD’s is from $59.70 to $89.90. It is not rated and also received high ratings on the reviews from customers who had purchased it.
Fourth is the 2008 Tour de France DVD set. It is 4 Hours long. The price is $49.95, and it is available at Velogear.com.
2008 is said to be the most suspenseful, competitive and exciting year for the Tour de France. It has beautiful scenes of the Pyrenees and Alps. It includes scenes of a near-record setting seven different race leaders. It includes Cadel Evans exciting performance, along with Alejandro Valverde, who started the race off with a bang, and Christian Vande Velde, born in Chicago, who was the surprise unknown.
Lastly is the 1989, (oldie but goodie) Tour de France: Incredible Comeback. It is available at DVDtalk.com, for $29.99.
1989 was said to be one of the most exciting Tour de France… ever. This DVD covers many aspects of the race, including the narrowest winning margin in Tour history . (only eight seconds). The star of the 1989 Tour is the U.S. rider Greg LeMond, also the winner of the 1986 race. Cycling fans were surprised that he was able to return, after a very serious hunting accident that almost ended his life, thus also his career.
The DVD is not rated.