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The Story of the Giro d'Italia: A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy, Volume 2: 1971-2011
 
 

The Story of the Giro d'Italia: A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy, Volume 2: 1971-2011 [Kindle Edition]

Bill McGann , Carol McGann
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The Giro d’Italia is one of the world’s most important and popular bicycle races, yet there is almost no information in English about this magical Italian race’s rich past. With “The Story of the Giro d’Italia”, the fabulous history of Italy’s national tour is at last available. Volume One took the story of the Giro from its origin as a desperate promotional gamble by a nearly broke newspaper to Eddy Merckx’s convincing 1970 victory.

Volume Two describes the growth of the Giro into a modern, vital international race that is followed by cycling fans all over the world. Along the way, the stories and races that have excited the public over the last forty years are told, including the Francesco Moser/Giuseppe Saronni rivalry, the tragic tale of Marco Pantani and the Alberto Contador affair that left the Spaniard stripped of his 2011 Giro championship.

About the Authors
Bill and Carol McGann have had their lives inextricably tied up with bicycles about as long as they can remember. Their first date was a bike ride. Bill, formerly a Category 1 racer, has been a contributor to several cycling magazines and is widely acknowledged as an expert on road bikes and cycling history. Since his father gave him a small 1-speed English lightweight bicycle when he was 5 years old, Bill has been in love with everything about bikes. Carol, a former college biology instructor is also an accomplished rider, having cycle-toured extensively. The McGanns have owned several bicycle shops, and started Torelli Imports, a distributor of high-performance cycle equipment. Today they own McGann Publishing, LLC, publishing and writing books about cycling history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984311793
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: McGann Publishing (15 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UKGG6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Bill and Carol McGann have had their lives inextricably tied up with bicycles about as long as they can remember. Their first date was a bike ride. Bill, formerly a Category 1 racer, has been a contributor to several cycling magazines and National Public Radio. He is widely acknowledged as an expert on road bikes and cycling history.
Since his father gave him a small 1-speed English lightweight bicycle when he was 5 years old, Bill has been in love with everything about bikes. His wife Carol is a former college biology instructor and is also an accomplished rider, having cycle-toured extensively. Together they started Torelli Imports in 1981, a firm specializing in high-performance cycle equipment. In 2007 they sold the firm.
Today, they live in the Ozarks where they write and manage McGann Publishing.


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5.0 out of 5 stars GIRO 13 July 2012
By Rob Evo
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Add this to my collection of cycle books having read their tdf books this i just had to buy a must for all cycle fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good second act 30 July 2012
By frozen man - Published on Amazon.com
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Since there is scant information in the English language about the Giro d'Italia, this book is a long-overdue addition to cycling information. I liked that the authors didn't shy away from cycling's dark side (drugs) and were open and honest about suspicious results. It sort of explains why it is a problem that won't easily go away. Highly reccommended for those interested in cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a keen cyclist you will love it 29 Jun 2012
By Richard Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story. Read the first book before this one. The author must be a cyclist to be able to appreciate and describe the racing the way he does. Each years race is exciting and informative weaving Italian history and geography into the events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Italian Masterpiece, Part II 22 May 2012
By James L. Witherell - Published on Amazon.com
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Of the several wonderful traits that define Carol and Bill McGann, the two that apply best in the case of "The History of the Giro d'Italia (Volume Two: 1971-2011)" would be their passion for researh and their ability to then transform all that information into a lively, readable format that any cycling fan couldn't help but enjoy. Having worked in the bike business for many years prior to staring their own publishing company, they really know their stuff--about both bicycling and books.

In the interst of disclosure, I was one of the many people they enlisted to proofread and fact-check their latest work, but let me tell you, it was a pleasure. The finished book is full of tales of the Giro--both funny and serious--and is complete right up to the stripping of Alberto Contador of his 2011 Giro victory earlier this year.

The McGanns have no fear of tackling the tough issues head-on; their book touches on issues as diverse as the use of EPO, which began to get really serious in the early 1990s, to the tragic tale of Giro and Tour de France winner Marco Pantani.

I can say without hesitation that, together, the two volume "The Story of the Giro d'Italia" is very probably the best history ever written of the Tour of Italy--in any language.

JLW
5.0 out of 5 stars McGann does it again 16 Aug 2014
By Daniel Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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McGann does not not only present the facts of the race, but describes the story of the Giro almost as if he were writing a novel. Extra attention is paid to certain riders, such as Marco Pantani, who did not win all that much but made a huge impact among fans around the world through occasional greatness and complicated personalities. An honest commentary is given on the sad state of doping in this sport. If you enjoyed "The Story of the Tour de France," you would enjoy this book also.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read during the lulls ini the cycling season 27 July 2013
By Eldrldge Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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Following first volume, the authors make extensive use of Italian primary and secondary sources and provides much illuminating background. In particular, the discussion of the increasing use of drugs in the peleton show how old the problem is and how deeply the cyclists sense of omerta runs.
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