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Ballantine tackles cycling from the vantage point of city riding and breaks the book into five different sections. It was to be payback for LeMond's loyal support the previous year.

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But instead of supporting LeMond, Hinault went on the attack, claiming he was attempting to wear down LeMond's rivals, but looking a lot like he was going for his sixth Tour victory. What was really going on? It's an account of Penn's search for the perfect bits for his perfect bike, but the joy of the way he has written this is that it's not just techie stuff for technoweenies.

Penn's paean to steel and the dying breed of custom frame builders is sung to a Brian Rourke frame.


Reynolds and Brooks get their due, so too DT and Royce. Well, why not? If opportunity knocks, let it in.

It's all approachably written, the right mix of enough info without being overpowering, and it zips along happily like a comfortable steel-framed bike powered by the right pair of legs. Authored by Tour historian Serge Laget among others, it covers the races from the Tour's early years as a tool in a newspaper circulation battle, through the heroic era of the s to the helicopter-televised modern Tour of triumphs and scandals.

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With detailed information on each ascent and an I-Spy style table at the back to check them all off, it's a book that's got a long shelf life. It's a sterling effort and one made much better by the addition of the table for ticking off the climbs and recording your time.

That simple addition makes the book much more than the interesting bathroom reading it could have otherwise been. You get something to aim for, as well as something to read. Since this first book, Simon Warren has added literally a dozen more , covering British regions in more detail and nipping across to Belgium and France to document the classic ascents of road racing legend.

Art illuminates life; life imitates art. The route of the Tour du Mont Aigoual took on a life of its own as riders followed the loop in the hills of France.

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Tom Simpson was very different. The manner of his death dominates any story about Tom Simpson. He succumbed to heat stroke and cardiac failure on the slopes of Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France. He had amphetamine in his bloodstream. But what Will Fotheringham finds as he explores Simpson's life is a trailblazer, a huge talent and a true character.

Simpson was as much a victim of the woeful state of sport science at the time and the brutal schedule pro racers endured as of his own burning ambition. His story, affectionately told by Fotheringham, is one every cyclist should read, even if they're not very much interested in racing.

Sleeping in dives. Racing day after exhausting day. The deceit and the corruption are astonishing.

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Kimmage took a lot of heat for his unabridged look into the world of cycling and breaking the code of omerta that exists in the peloton. This book ended more than a few friendships, as the author details in the preface. Perhaps that's why more retired riders haven't written about their experiences.

Kudos to Kimmage for coming clean. Because he isn't as emotionally raw, it seems, about his time in pro-cycling, as Hamilton was—perhaps that's because it's much further behind him—and because the drugs problem he describes was only the prologue of what was to come, the whole thing seems to pale in comparison to Hamilton's story. The worst things in Kimmage's era were caffeine tablets and maybe amphetamine shots; EPO was only a whisper.

But by the time Hamilton arrived, EPO was the minimum requirement to compete and the top cyclists were having their own blood reloaded into their body on the eve of their races, along with other medical horrors. Also, I really didn't feel that this book was about drugs in cycling.

Kimmage made a point that he didn't want to implicate anyone, that he believes the sport is to blame and not necessarily the individual, and therefore he was less about pointing fingers and more about telling his own story and the pressures he was under to perform.

But I read this book in one sitting and I felt there was actually very little talk of drugs, especially if you exclude the epilogue.

I definitely got that there was pressure, but what was missing I felt was the point that there was pressure because the playing field wasn't level.However, this was book was an enthralling page turner about the life of an obscure professional cyclist in the mids. Sleeping in dives. Racing day after exhausting day.

Washing their own kits. What was really going on? Kimmage rode the Tour de France three times and the Giro once. download the eBook. But most interesting to me was the behind the scenes look at the rather unglamorous and frankly dangerous life of a professional domestique.

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