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William Fotheringham
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"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)

"A fine portrait of obsession" (Financial Times)

"Remarkable and impressive … everything you want to know about Merckx and more." (Richard Abraham Cycling Weekly)

"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)

"The full unvarnished of one man’s heaven, and hell, on wheels." (i, Independent)

Book Description

The Sunday Times Number One bestselling biography of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time, by William Fotheringham, Britain's top cycling writer.

From the Back Cover

What makes a man the greatest of all time?

Eddy Merckx is to cycling what Muhammad Ali is to boxing or Pelé 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. In 1969, while already comfortably leading the Tour de France, Merckx hammered a further eight-and-a-half minutes out of his nearest rivals during an 85-mile solo break in the Pyrenees. 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 him best to find out what made Eddy Merckx so invincible.

‘Merckx – a natural champion who, famously, never knew what prize money was, but 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 a remarkable athlete and an unnerving man’

Sunday Times

‘A fine portrait of obsession’

Financial Times

‘Remarkable and impressive … everything you want to know about Merckx and more’

Cycling Weekly

About the Author

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 Vélo magazine called 'The best cycling biography ever written.
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