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Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson [Format Kindle]

William Fotheringham

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Revue de presse

"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" (Christmas books recommendations Cycle Sport)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1437 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 décembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00A8FXT28
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Amazon.com: 4.7 étoiles sur 5  10 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ride on! 15 février 2003
Par PETER HEPPLESTON - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a bike-mad teenager growing up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Tom Simpson was the closest thing to a childhood hero that I had. His racing exploits used to make the headlines in the local paper, and I went to the cinema to see the Movietone News reports of his Classic wins in Europe. On a gas-pipe special bike that was far too big for me I tore around the lanes thinking that I was almost as fast as Tom. Along with thousands of other naive bike racing fans I stood out in the rain the day he was buried in Harworth, and cried, and did not understand.
I read all the books and articles subsequently written about Tom, watched all the programs and videos, and over the years have been left with a cardboard-cutout impression of a talented, ambitious athlete who just tried too hard. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, after all, a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Now William Fotheringham's new book has added a whole new dimension to that flat cardboard cutout, and put real flesh and blood on the dry bones of Tom's story. Far more than a seedy drugs expose, the book puts the many aspects of Tom's character and the various pressures on him in his chosen career into perspective, and into the context of his life and untimely death. There is neither commendation nor condemnation of Tom, but he emerges from this book, as from no other book, as a real person, a real character, a real "lad".
I am now in my second childhood, and Tom is still my hero, and tears still come to my eyes when I think about him, but now I do believe I finally understand.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fair and balanced retrospective biography 19 novembre 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
A quick and engaging book for anyone interested in professional cycling and a historical perspective on one of the most impactful events of TDF history. Written without judgement and very matter of fact regarding drug use and how the "wink and a nod" attitude about it was so pervasive in the early 1960's cycling scene.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perhaps the best cycling biography in the english language. 3 août 2009
Par Jim Couch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
William Fotheringham has written what is certainly the best cycling biography of the many I have read. The book treats the controversial and tragic life of British pro Tom Simpson in an objective, and sensitive manner.

Fotheringham's Simpson becomes more than the mythical driven cyclist who died on the slopes of the Mt Ventoux. We see a full portrait of not only a talented and ambitious cyclist, but a husband, father, and complex human being. We get to know Simpson the person, not just the myth.

We also get more than just a glimpse at the world of professional cycling in the 60s, pre drug testing days. Just like his treatment of Tom Simpson we get a view of cycling that is more than the standard stories and myth. the treatment of cycling is also non-judgmental and sensitive, without hiding or covering up the facts.

The book is well written and engaging, certainly hard to put down. A great, if tragic read. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Racing and drugs nothing new. 30 avril 2011
Par valley rider - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
When you talk about people driven to succeed you have to include the Englishman, Tom Simpson. Like so many of the great racers in the earlier years, racing was a way out of the hard existence they were in. The important money went to the few at the top, and Simpson did whatever it took to get there and he did but, with a sad ending. A definite read in good weather as well as bad.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tragic, passionate life makes good reading 10 décembre 2012
Par A. Stout IV - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The book seems well researched. The pictures are great. The style of the writing is easy to read. I only have to put it down from time to time because it makes me sad.
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