4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Jacques Anquetil is a great subject for a biography - unfortunately, this isn't it.
The prose is wooden, clunky and uninspired. The chapters on his racing capture none of the verve, drama or poetics of Anquetil's achievements: they are reduced to bland, colourless sentences; direct expositions that fail to take the reader into the action.
The insights are skin-deep and fail to uncover much about the viscera of this complex man. The punning book- and chapter- titles begin to grate; trivializing the subject matter.
Compare this with Fotheringham's work on Coppi or Rendell's work on Pantani, and this begins to seem like a literary travesty. A great cyclist with… Read more
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Paul Klimmage was undoubtedly a great talent on the bike; certainly as an amateur. Despite racing as a domestique, not a leader, one should never forget that he is still is very hard man, a superb athlete. However...
Its difficult to find him very companionable in his prose. He's a curious amalgam of self-pity and self-righteousness: Don Quixote on a donkey. This is unfortunate, particularly when coupled with the rather dull, workman-like, writing that constitutes the body of this work: his own career, as an amateur and pro cyclist (in fact, the whole original edition of the text.)
Perhaps one should be merciful about this. Mr Kimmage was, afterall, a recently retired… Read more