robert greensmith

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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
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France by Jeff Connor
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight., 17 Nov 2013
When compared to modern teams like Team Sky and the massive financial backing its a wonder Team ANC Halfords ever got off the ground.

The fact that they acheived some decent finishes in the Tour de France and had several riders complete it is amazing.

This book highlights what happens when a team tries to be competative in the Tour on a shoestring budget and with little planning. The author effectively goes from being a journalist to fully fledged team member.

It demonstrates the dangers of allowing someone like Mr Capper (owner of ANC) to set up in something he clearly has no background in. The whole thing smacked of someone wanting to play at being… Read more