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Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike
Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike
by William Fotheringham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.46

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant biography of the legend, 21 April 2012
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I had always wondered why there wasn't an English language biography of Merckx. Then I saw two were due out this spring. I pre-ordered because I had enjoyed Fotheringham's other books on Coppi and Simpson. This is the best of the lot. Manages to avoid just listing the hundreds of victories and focuses on some key points in each of Merckx's seasons. A great attempt to understand the motivations of the inspirational man. It conveys something of Merckx's passion and puts the unparalleled achievements into context in a fascinating way. A very difficult book to put down. I absolutely loved it.

The Rider
The Rider
by Tim Krabbe
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply brilliant, 16 Nov 2010
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One of the best books I have ever read. Certainly the most evocative sports book. I can't recommend it enough. Short enough to read in one or two sessions you really sense the thoughts and feelings of the rider. Interspersed are some great anecdotes. If you ride a bike or have ever just watched the Tour on the TV you will love this book.

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