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The Spring Classics: Cycling's Greatest One-day Races [Hardcover]

Philippe Bouvet , Pierre Callewaert , Jean-Luc Gatellier , Serge Laget , Philippe Brunel
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15 Sep 2010
Cycling's spring races are always the most anticipated of the year, not only because they herald the start of the season, but also because they are brutally difficult and spectacularly unpredictable. Known as the spring classics, these one-day races test cycling's toughest riders with the worst conditions imaginable - sucking mud, choking dust, leg-numbing sleet, fanatic spectators, and Europe's narrowest, most bone-grinding country roads. Clattering through agrarian hamlets on routes established a century ago, "The Spring Classics" celebrates cycling's most glorious and meaningful history. "The Spring Classics" delves into the stories of Milan - San Remo, Ghent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallone, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege through hundreds of rare and restored photographs presented in a lavish format. With authoritative text from cycling's expert sportswriters, "The Spring Classics" commemorates the riders, traditions, and secrets of cycling's greatest one day contests. This is the only book to explore the history of the spring classics. The authors are top sportswriters for L'Equipe, France's leading sports publication. It features hardback with jacket. It includes full-colour and black & white photographs throughout.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (15 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030608
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.3 x 32.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Get your cobble on without breaking your collarbone. "The Spring Classics."..will keep you absorbed on rain-soaked April days--and just might inspire you to get out and ride regardless of the weather." -- Bicycling magazine""The Spring Classics" is one of the most beautiful books it has ever been my good fortune to set eyes on. A monument in its own right." -- "Enjoyable and emotive, "The Spring Classics" is like a children's fairy tale book for cyclists, full of valiant and fallen heroes and monstrous terrain." -- "Only a still photograph can capture the moment, provide a lasting and deep impression. The proof is "The Spring Classics." The superb pictures, complemented by text from the best cycling writers, capture the beauty, the excitement, and the brutality fo the toughest races of all, the spring classics." -- "Cycling Weekly" ""The Spring Classics" delves deeply into the rich stories of the classics." -- "Peloton "magazine"After reading "The Spring Classics," you'll be inspired to ride from your heart, ignoring the pleas from your legs and friends alike. The images gave me chills." --""The Spring Classics" is for die-hard fans. The things I care about are all contained within this book. Hard man single-day racing. Great style from racers. Cool cycling photography from the days of yore and also from not that far back." -- "Embrocation Cycling Journal" "If you've never heard of riders like Coppi, Kelly, De Vlaeminck, and Moser, it's time to learn more about the epic history of our sport. "The Spring Classics" delves into the one-day events that have helped define professional road cycling. The classics are the most prestigious, longest-running events in cycling--the domain of warriors--and this coffee table book tells the stories of those races where men became legends." -- "VeloNews "magazine ""The Spring Classics" emphasizes photographic composition and sce

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The authors are top sportswriters for "L'Equipe," a leading European cycling and sports publication.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By denny
I've had this book since July 2010, and it has quickly become my main "go to" book whenever I need to delve into something for any cycling history on the classics. You won't find anything in this book about the Tour de France, or any other stage race for that matter, as there are many books in circulation already. This book deals with only the single day classics, from the spring opening of the season, through to the end of season races. The book itself is well written, with an excellent full listing of all classic results. But what really sells it, in my opinion, are the many excellent photos, with some covering the spring classics from as early as 1892. Photos of a 21 year old Merckx, shots of Rik Van Looy, and the rest of some of the greatest riders of all time.

If you buy no other book on cycle racing, then make your choice to be this one, a must for ANY fan of the one day races...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling's Greatest Book 30 Jan 2012
By P
Perhaps the most desirable "coffee table book" there is. Fantastic pictures with interesting and informative text covering races which the media often overlook.
I am mow planning a cycling trip to Belgium - that's how inspiring it is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Feb 2012
By PCG1942
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Just what I always wanted, written by folks who understand the one day classics, which are far superior to boring three week tours.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with wonderfu pictures !. 17 Sep 2011
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A great present for my husband he loved it.

Good coffee table book with great photography's !.

Even I enjoyed flicking through this book and I'm not an cyclist.
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The title says it all. This is a super book worthy of repeated return time and time again. The photography was very well chosen and perfectly captures each race alongside super text and a well thought out style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Fantastic pics and thoughtfull text 26 Aug 2014
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Brilliant! Fantastic pics and thoughtfull text, though the pics rightly get priority and speak for themselves. A must for any serious cycling fan of the 'true' (ie wet, cold & muddy) tests of the one day specialist.. A quality book. 'Hell of the North' indeed..
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