The book is a well thought through work which introduces you to the mortal riders who surrounded the majestic Coppi. In being constructed from sensitive interviews given from a carefully selected ever dwindling pool of Coppi contempories, it paints a very realistic picture of the harshness of the Italian racing scene among the workers. As in his previous works the author has scowered modern Italy to find these aged still lucid old men. The writing is so impressively faithful in carrying to paper the character of the interviewee that when coupled with the wonderful photographs I could almost hear the old boy speaking directly to me in rustic Italian. This book could be described as a " just in time " venture for during the period of time from requesting, setting up and taking the interviews, father time got the better of several potential contributors. In one case the interview was 7/8th completed when a halt was called due to tiredness. His son being so pleased with the way Herbie had coaxed from his dying father the tales of his exciting youth asked if it could still be used. JUST IN TIME. Fausto, from the horses mouth's, comes out as decent sort of chap with one or two exceptions !!!
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