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Coppi

by Herbie Sykes

Part of the Rouleur Series

Coppi Synopsis

Herbie Sykes's Coppi is a beautiful, unique evocation of global cycling legend Fausto Coppi. Built around an extraordinary collection of hand-picked, never before seen images, the book also features testimony from those who knew him intimately. Fausto Coppi remains the most iconic cyclist in the history of the sport. For twenty years either side of the war his extravagant talent, allied to a unique charisma and human frailty, captivated sports fans across Europe. Moreover, he revolutionised the sport of bike racing itself, laying the foundations for the generations who would follow. Coppi was Il Campionissimo, his greatness so unequivocal that his celebrity transcended mere sport. As such both his professional and private lives were endlessly pawed over by his country's insatiable post-war media. In deserting his wife and daughter for a divorcee in 1954, he traumatised Catholic Italy. Thereafter his life became a soap opera from which he was unable to escape until his dramatic death in 1960. These images, many among them genuine masterpieces, were unearthed through hours of painstaking research. Allied to the personal truths of those closest to him, they reveal the man behind the Fausto Coppi myth. Put simply, the book strips away many of the half-truths and downright lies which have been grafted onto his legend over the decades. As such it's a very different kind of sports biography, and a must-have for all genuine cycling fans.

Coppi Press Reviews

Rouleur is to bike magazines what National Geographic is to nature photography * Wired magazine * Coppi and his gregari stood for Italy at a certain age in her history. They are the men of the reconstruction which finally united this diverse country. * William Fotheringham * ...well worth adding to your bookshelf...Like many Rouleur books, there is page after page of atmospheric, unusual, beautiful and striking pictures. * Cycle Sport * Cycling literature is certainly in rude health right now and the best-looking sports book this year was surely Herbie Sykes' coffee-table tome charting the exploits of Fausto Coppi * Metro * Beautiful * The Sunday Telegraph * In a difficult time for publishing, the literature of cycling is enjoying spectacular growth. Herbie Sykes's Coppi contains page after page of glorious and beautifully printed images from the career of Il Campionissimo, as the incomparably charismatic Fausto Coppi was known, interspersed with the testimony of the old men who were once his team-mates and rivals. The pictures are mostly black and white, of course, but nothing is more moving than the muted colour photographs of the great man's funeral, with crowds thronging the lanes around his village in Piedmont on a sunlit winter's day in 1960. * Richard Williams, Guardian * one of the best books I have seen in a long time. Stunning stuff, and the words and stories are just superb -- Tom Southam The images are great alone. But for me the 21 accounts from Coppi's contemporaries are what make the book special, bringing the past alive.... a glimpse at the rich history of Italian cycling * The Inner Ring * These stories are perfectly complemented by the rare, archival photos, my only complaint being the captions are buried in the back with the photography credits instead of included on the relevant pages. By all means, read the other, more biographical accounts of the life and career of Il Campionissimo, but as they say, save the best for last. * CycleItalia *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408181669
Publication date: 8th November 2012
Author: Herbie Sykes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Biography: sport, Cycling,

About Herbie Sykes

Herbie Sykes is a cycling historian and the author of two previous books about the Giro d'Italia: Maglia Rosa was published by Rouleur to enormous acclaim in 2011, while Cycling Weekly described The Eagle of the Canavese as 'A gem of a book'. Sykes lives in Turin and is a regular contributor to both Rouleur and Procycling magazines.

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