Discover the story of Britain's ultimate cyclist and his ill-fated race during the 1967 Tour de France, from the bestselling author of Half Man Half Bike
Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France.
Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. Forty years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died.A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life.This new edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Simpson's death, features a preface and final chapter featuring further revelations about Simpson's life and death.
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William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. A former racing cyclist and launch editor of procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on sixteen Tours de France as well as Six Nations rugby and the Olympic Games. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.
"The best cycling biography ever written" Velo "An intelligent, perceptive portrait" Guardian "A beautiful explanation of why Simpson's legend still exerts such a powerful hold" Sunday Times "An enjoyable, clear-eyed biography" Times Literary Supplement "The definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist" -- Christmas Books Recommendations Cycle Sport
The definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist, reissued with a new preface and final chapter 20011228
"The best cycling biography ever written"
"An intelligent, perceptive portrait."
The definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist, reissued with a new preface and final chapter