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The Story of the Giro d'Italia: A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy, Volume 1: 1909-1970 [Paperback]

Bill McGann , Carol McGann
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15 Mar 2011
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 takes 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 1 of "The Story of the Giro d'Italia" tells of Italy's most celebrated riders: Costante Girardengo, the first campionissimo, or "Champion of Champions"; Alfredo Binda, who so dominated the Giro that one year he was paid by the organizers not to enter; Gino Bartali, who looked to become the dominating rider of his era; and Fausto Coppi, a fascinating personality and Bartali's great rival, who became not only Italy's, but the world's finest rider.

The great rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali is known to many cycling fans, mostly because of their adventures in the Tour de France. But for much of bike racing's history, the Alps have been a high wall, and Italian sponsors preferred to keep their racers at home where they could earn valuable publicity. Because of this, there is a whole world of great athletes who are virtually unknown to the non-Italian cycling fan. How about Giovanni Valetti? In 1939 Valetti beat Bartali when Gino was at the very peak of his powers. Has anyone heard of Giuseppe Enrici, the Giro winner who was born in Pittsburgh? Alfonsina Strada was the only woman who entered (and unofficially finished) a Grand Tour. And there was Giordano Cottur, who won a Giro stage in Trieste while guns blazed.

Clearly, this is a story that has to be told, and it's all there in "The Story of the Giro d'Italia".

"Bill and Carol McGann had set a high standard with their compelling and authoritative `Story of the Tour de France', and now they follow up with Le Tour's inspired Italian offspring in `The Story of the Giro d'Italia'. In this Volume I covering the Giro's debut in 1909 through 1970, this work of patient research, passionate writing, and insightful analysis lays out the struggles, battles, and rivalries in detail and sweep that have made Italy's grand tour endure. And the American audience can read about Joseph Magnani-a native of LaSalle, Illinois-who rode in the 1946 Giro on the Olmo team and quietly made history as the first U.S. rider to compete in one of the grand tours in the era of dusty roads against Italy's heroes Bartali and Coppi". --Peter Joffre Nye, author of "The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport" and "Hearts of Lions" and trustee of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

Volume Two of "The Story of the Giro d'Italia", which will take the story from 1971 through 2011, is scheduled to be published in early 2012.


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGann Publishing LLC (15 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984311769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984311767
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

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.

Other books by Bill and Carol McGann:
"The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World, Volume 1: 1903-1964". ISBN 978-1598581805. Kindle ebook # B001DR3WUY

"The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World, Volume 2: 1965-2007". ISBN 978-1598586084. Amazon Kindle ebook # B001IDXXUW


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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for part 2 29 Jun 2011
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I love the way Bill and Carol write these books.They are well researched and well written in a nice style.It's been a long time coming a book this good on the Giro d'Italia and I wasn't disappointed.They wrote 2 cracking books on the Tour and hopefully won't be long before part two of the Giro is out.I for one will be in the que for that one.
My only gripe is same as others I just wish they had been hard backed,never the less they are proudly on display on my book shelf,and will read again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Dec 2012
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If you've gotten into cycling, this is gripping stuff - will be going back for the sequel for my Christmas read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars story of the giro d italia 1 May 2011
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excellent book follows on from the authors history of the t de f looking forward to volume 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Corsa Rosa -- finally! 19 April 2011
By Larry TheobaldCycleItalia - Published on Amazon.com
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First a confession: I begged for this book. I pleaded with Bill to write this rather than another book about the Tour de France. He ignored me. When his enjoyable TdF books were completed he and Carol turned their attention to my beloved Giro d'Italia...finally. I think this is a better book as a result. Biased? No argument, the Giro's been my favorite subject for years and all the things Bill and Carol learned while writing The Story of the Tour de France they put to good use with this new book. I can say I've read most everything in English ever written about this race as well as some of the Italian-language works (and own more of these than I'll ever be able to read!)and Bill and Carol's addition is much-needed and enjoyable reading for tifosi (and would-be fans) of La Corsa Rosa. If you enjoyed their TdF books, I think you'll really enjoy their enthusiastic recounting of the Giro d'Italia history though 1970, I can't wait to read the second volume!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High praise for this book 29 Nov 2012
By Jimmy E. Mcelhaney - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. McGann certainly knows how to write and keep the reader enthralled! This was the third book I have thoroughly enjoyed from Mr. McGann and am looking forward to the second volume on the Giro. Highly recommend this book and any of his previous books. Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Much-Needed Addition to Cycling History 26 April 2011
By James L. Witherell, Author, Bicycle History - Published on Amazon.com
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In the interest of full disclosure, I too have an association with the McGanns--they are the publishers of my book "Bicycle History."

Now, with that out of the way, I think there are many thousands of cycling fans out there just like me; people who've wondered about the Giro, but figured they were too far behind to ever catch up on the history of this great race. If only there were as many English-language books about the Tour of Italy as there are the Tour de France.

The McGann's wonderful book is a major first step in that direction; now you can be the go-to Giro expert on your next club ride, and all it will take is the time to read this completely enjoyable book. Before I proofread the manuscript, I wasn't too sure it would even hold my interest, but the pages flew by, and I was left wanting more (fortunately there will be a volume two). The only problem was that I read it too fast. Take your time. Savor it. One or two chapters (Giros) per evening, perhaps.

Of course all the great riders are present and accounted for, but the McGanns do something else--they include fascinating little asides about the race, for example, or how politics often played a roll in it. There are also the old photographs. There aren't a lot of them, but the ones there are probably aren't ones you've seen before. And last but not least, there's wonderful glossary which contains many Giro-specific terms that may surprize even the most avid tifosi (bike racing fans).

Jim Witherell
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