Paperback edition of the bestselling biography of Eddy Merckx, one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Throughout his career, the Belgian amassed 445 victories, but his story also includes a horrific injury, a doping controversy and tragedy. Fotheringham's cycling books have sold more than 75,000 copies for Yellow Jersey.
THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER
What makes a man the greatest of all time? Eddy Merckx is to cycling what Muhammad Ali is to boxing or Pele to football- quite simply, the best there has ever been.
Merckx was a machine. It wasn't just the number of victories (445); it was his remorseless domination that created the legend. He didn't just beat his opponents, he crushed them. But his triumphs only tell half a story that includes horrific injury, a doping controversy and tragedy. He was nicknamed 'The Cannibal' for his insatiable appetite for victory, but the moniker did scant justice to a man who was handsome, sensitive and surprisingly anxious. Britain's leading cycling writer, William Fotheringham, goes back to speak to those who were there at the time and those who knew Merckx best to find out what made Eddy Merckx so invincible.
'The full unvarnished of one man's heaven, and hell, on wheels' Independent
William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. A racing cyclist and launch editor of procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France. He is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Velo magazine called 'The best cycling biography ever written.
The full unvarnished of one man's heaven, and hell, on wheels. i, Independent The Cantona or Muhammad Ali of cycling, this Belgian's story is amazing - and it's told by one of the greatest cycling reporters around... Top Notch Loaded Remarkable and impressive ... everything you want to know about Merckx and more. -- Richard Abraham Cycling Weekly A fine portrait of obsession Financial Times Merckx - a natural champion who regularly rode himself and others into agony and glory - is a fine choice for a writer of Fotheringham's skill and cycling knowledge... A fascinating, often bleak portrait of remarkable athlete and an unnerving man. -- Brian Schofield Sunday Times
Short-listed for British Sports Book Awards: Best Autobiography/Biography 2013 (UK)
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