Author(s): Johnny Green
No book on the Tour de France has ever got quite as close to the race as this account of the 2003 and 2004 races from inside the security cordon, mingling with the cyclists, press and the 'Credit Lyonnais trophy girls' in equal measure. Johnny Green managed to blag his way right to the inner sanctum, to chat to the likes of Sheryl Crow and David Millar and the many stagehands behind the scenes on the three-week tour. The only place he didn't make it was into the doping van. Fittingly, from the former road manager of The Clash, PUSH YOURSELF JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE is a kind of rock 'n' roll account of life on the road with Le Tour.
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Coverage and enthusiasm for Le Tour is increasing by the year. Recent years have seen huge media coverage and a glut of books on the race. Johnny Green's account is very different from previous orthodox sporting titles. John is a keen cycling fan, but his unique voice casts more of an irreverent eye over the proceedings. John is extremely promotable: he's recently been featured on BBC 2 talking about The Clash, and frequently crops up in the pages of Uncut and Mojo. Published to coincide with the 2006 Tour de France. 'An unusual book, but a passionate one ... and not easy to ignore' Daily Telegraph. 'A vivid account of the Tour de France from an unusual perspective' Guardian. 'This is sports writing to blow your mind ... Part vandal, part troubadour, with the attitude and almost the writing style of Jack Kerouac ... Irresponsible, often irrational, wonderful' Sunday Times.
Johnny Green has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Lancaster University. After spending five years on the road with The Clash he left the music business and eventually became Kent county education adviser on sex and drugs. He lives in Whitstable, Kent.