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Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal by Daniel Friebe
  

Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal

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Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal by Daniel Friebe

'The whole point of a race is to find a winner... I chose to race, so I chose to win.' For 14 years between 1965 and 1978, cyclist Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx simply devoured his rivals, their hopes and their careers. His legacy resides as much in the careers he ruined as the 445 victories - including five Tour de France wins and all the monument races - he amassed in his own right. So dominant had Merckx become by 1973 that he was ordered to stay away from the Tour for the good of the event. Stage 17 of the 1969 Tour de France perfectly illustrates his untouchable brilliance. Already wearing the yellow jersey on the col du Tourmalet, the Tour's most famous peak, Merckx powered clear and rode the last 140 kilometres to the finish-line in jaw-dropping solitude, eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Merckx's era has been called cycling's Golden Age.It was full of memorable characters who, at any other time, would all have gone on to become legends. Yet Merckx's phenomenal career overshadowed them all. How did he achieve such incredible success? And how did his rivals really feel about him? Merckx failed drug tests three times in his career - were they really stitch ups as he claimed? And what of the crash at a track meet in Blois, France that killed Merckx's pacer Fernand Wambst, which Merckx claimed deeply affected him psychologically and physically? Or the attack by a spectator in 1975? Despite his unique achievements, we know little about the Cannibal beyond his victories. This will be the first comprehensive biography of Merckx in English, and will finally expose the truth behind this legendary man.

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The most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known * Velo * For readers who are after good storytelling it can t be beaten. * Cycling Weekly * The awesome story of an extraordinary athlete. -- Mark Cavendish A beautifully written, vivid portrait not just of Merckx, but also his era and his 'victims


* Scotsman * Well written and well researched * Cycling World *


About the Author

Daniel Friebe is one of Britain's leading cycling journalists and a veteran of nine Tours de France. Daniel is the Features Editor of Procycling Magazine, widely regarded as the world's most authoritative English-language cycling magazine. His feature-writing and news reporting on a range of subjects - including the controversial topic of doping - has earned him an enviable reputation, reflected in his frequent appearances on international radio and television as a cycling expert.Daniel also collaborated with Mark Cavendish on his bestselling Boy Racer. He has also written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, FourFourTwo, Spin Cricket Monthly, Channel4 Test Match Magazine.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th July 2012

Author

Daniel Friebe

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Biography: sport

ISBN

9780091943165

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