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

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Penguin Random House, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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. Forty years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died.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.This new edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Simpson's death, features a preface and final chapter featuring further revelations about Simpson's life and death.

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User Review  - Fluffyblue - LibraryThing

Extremely well written story of Tom Simpson, from the time he became 'big' in cycling to his death. Simpson lived not very far from me, Harworth, which was mentioned a lot in the book. It mainly ... Read full review

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Slightly dated now. interesting insight into the hero worship culture of the greatest names in the sport, and just how ahrd it is to become really good, but how much fun you can have along the way. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. A former racing cyclist and launch editor of procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on sixteen Tours de France as well as Six Nations rugby and the Olympic Games. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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