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Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson

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Published by Yellow Jersey, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780224080187
Published: 7 Jun 2007


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Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life.

Put Me Back on My Bike revisits the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist. The revised edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Simpson's death, features a new foreword and postscript further exploring the truth behind the legend.

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What the critics say

The best cycling biography ever written
- Velo

An intelligent, perceptive portrait
- Guardian

A beautiful explanation of why Simpson's legend still exerts such a powerful hold
- Sunday Times

An enjoyable, clear-eyed biography
- Times Literary Supplement

The definitive story of Britain’s greatest ever cyclist
- Cycle Sport

A definitive insight into one of cycling’s most intriguing characters and tragic stories
- Cyclist

About the Author

William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France. He is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called 'The best cycling biography ever written', and the bestselling biography of Eddy Merckx.

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