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

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Random House, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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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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 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 V lo magazine called 'The best cycling biography ever written', and the bestselling biography of Eddy Merckx.

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