robert greensmith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (18 of 24)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 93,932 - Total Helpful Votes: 18 of 24
Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour &hellip by Charly Wegelius
Fantastic book about a relatively unknown rider, who it turns out is one of our best. From a professional team point of view Wegelius was valued by the knowledgeable european teams who recognised his ability to ride himself into the ground to support the teams lead rider.
Full of insights into professional racing and none of the 'ego' attached to bigger name riders. The only shame was that at the end I was willing him to finally win that elusive race / stage and he never did. Still one of my favourite cycling books of recent times, highly recommended.
Road to Valour: Gino Bartali - Tour de France Lege&hellip by Aili McConnon
Didn't know who Bartali was until I'd read about Coppi and the rivalry between them. Coppi deserves all the plaudits he receives as a great champion and innovator (he introduced modern training and dieting regimes). But, Bartali was often his equal and frequently beat him, his TDF wins in 1938 & 1948 remain proof of his long career at the top and had the war not interupted it, he would no doubt have achieved several more Giro and TDF wins. His most astounding contribution was his biggest secret, during the war he assisted a Catholic society in hiding Jewish families around Italy, including a family in his own cellar. He used his training ferry false papers and new identities for… Read more
Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike by William Fotheringham
Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike by William Fotheringham
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Have read plenty of cycling books and am an avid cyclist myself. Great admiration for all pro cyclists as the dedication required and fitness levels are astounding. However, that said, once in a lifetime an athlete comes along who is a freak of nature. I suppose my generation thought it was Armstrong, but compared to Merckx he was a lightweight. Merckx's tally of 535 victories included grand tours, day classics, classic smaller stage races, hour records, road race world championships, time trials etc. Basically over a period of years he won everything, Merckx rarely gave his colleagues scraps - his desire to win was insatiable - hence the nickname. When you consider Armstrong wouldn't… Read more