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Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Friebe
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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"Outstanding" (Times)

"Excellent. filled with yarns, insights and analysis" (Word magazine)

"A compelling portriat of a driven man and his opponents" (David Connett Sunday Express)

"The transformation of Merckx the man into Merckx the deity on two wheels. A superb piece of modern history." (Outdoor Fitness)

"For a sporting icon of the stature of Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx, you would think that ... there would be very little - if anything - new to reveal. Think again... and pick up a copy of new biography Eddy Merckx, The Cannibal, by Daniel Friebe" (Sydney Morning Herald)

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'The awesome story of an extraordinary athlete' Mark Cavendish

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KOYC6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As a good summary of the life of the man voted in a number of polls as one of the best sportspeople ever, this is quite good. All the highs and lows are there, and there is an analysis of what drove The Cannibal, and what made him different to those who have gone before and come after him. While Armstrong may be held high in the eyes of many, it must be remember Merckx was succesful in Classics as well as the Grand Tours, whereas Lance just concentrated on the Tour.
Friebe allows for competing analysis from a range of sources, those who competed against Merckx, those who rode with him and those who reported on his career. Of course it helps to know the background to each of Merckx's interactions with those who have been interviewed- obviously some come with more an an agenda and desire to protect their legacies than others, and the author does well to reflect these, without negatively impacting on the validity of their input.

One voice that is missing is Merckx himself who did not want to collaborate with the book (apart from a brief conversation detailed in the epilogue).Friebe insists this is actually more beneficial, but there is still a void there that is not filled. While a certain amount of revisionism is to be expected, I do feel that Merckx's absence is most clearly felt as Friebe attempts to deal with the controversies that surround Eddy. This is no hiagoraphy but it would be good to see what how these events are now viewed by the man himself with hindsight-to get this however the reader would need to seek out the other works Merckx did collaborate on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book written by an enthusiast 7 Oct 2013
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Having read 'Part man part bike' I thought I would give this one a go...
Lets just say that the author seems to have allowed his enthusiasm for the subject get the better of him. I regularly found myself losing the thread and having to go back and work out what the author was trying to say. This is why I have knocked off a star but is this such a big problem?
The stories are great and go a long way to explaining why Merckx was such a dominant force and what made him so special. I think that anyone who already knows a bit about him and wants to know more will enjoy this book. He is still a bit of an enigma but this book goes some way to explaining the enigma... a must read....
It is worth the effort to read; Daniel's evident enthusiasm makes this book good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 2 Aug 2013
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Bought this as a gift for my brother who is a keen cyclist. He loved it! Would recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 July 2013
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I found this book very informative and it paints for me a graphic picture of the most famous cyclist on the tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cycling King 17 April 2013
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Excellant read, really enjoyed it and could not put it down. Gives such a brilliant in depth view, on what was the golden age of Belgium, Italian and world cycling. woud recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy Merckx 6 Jan 2013
By Derek
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Brilliant read for an avid cycling fan so given as a christmas present to another cycling fan who equally enjoyed it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A detailed, accessible biography. 25 Dec 2012
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As a relatively recent convert to the sport of road cycling I knew very little about Eddy Merckx. His name was always uttered in admiring tones and this biography seemed like the perfect way to get to know him. Friebe's style of writing I particularly enjoyed. It is highly accessible, very detailed extremely descriptive and emotive. These facets allow 'The Cannibal' to provide fantastic incites into the life of the great man. Although structured chronologically to some extent it doesn't feel like a browse through the archives, remaining fast paced and enjoyable throughout. What I particularly enjoyed about Friebe's take on Merckx was his objectivity and the conclusion that he came to. All in all a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars super read 14 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
one of the best cycling books i have read. Far better biography than william fotheringham's account which isn't bad in itself.
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