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Product Details

  • Series: Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (July 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224074504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224074506
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Italian star’s rivalry with Gino Bartali makes Armstrong v Contador look like a playground spat."  —Observer


"Admirable. Coppi's melancholy journey from poverty to superstardom is a cautionary tale of the price of fame."  —Financial Times

About the Author

William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. He is the author of A Century of Cycling, Cycle Racing, Put Me Back on My Bike, and Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour de France.

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It was a great read, I had a difficult time putting it down once I started reading it.
CynMac
Even if you're not a pro cycling fan, this book gives great insight into the experience of the Italian people during the turbulent post-war years.
Flash1
Also has references to other great such as Bartali and Magne, a great read for the cycling enthusiast.
Chris Ball

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rene Vietto on September 28, 2009
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I don't think you go into reading something like this without already being a bike fan. As such, it is an excellent, short read. The book takes a broad focus, looking at his life and biking exploits in equal measure. I personally would have loved more detailed descriptions of the races and equipment, but I think those would have been outside the scope of what Fotheringham was trying to do. As the only English language book describing Coppi's life that I know of, we monolingual-types don't have much choice, but I read a lot of biography, and this is a good one. Fotheringham does an excellent job of describing a mythic character in a level-headed way, never falling in love with his subject, but certainly treating him with deference and, when appropriate, pity. Coppi's is an amazing, yet tragic story.

Now write one about Bartali!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blair D. Callicott on September 13, 2010
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Like any cyclist that follows pro road racing I had heard of Coppi, but this book helped me understand why he is still such an Italian hero and a major international star. Great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2013
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As an avid cyclist, I was expecting to devour this book. I mean come on... how can a story about the most storied cyclist in history not be a page turner? But as the chapters progressed, I found it harder and harder to read. I'm not sure if it was the overall lack of flow, or perhaps the emphasis on Coppi's personal life outside of cycling. It also became morbidly depressing in the end, but I can not fault the author on this. Coppi's personal life, after all, was painful in many ways.
In any event, I thought it was okay but certainly not as fascinating as that of McConnon's 'Road To Valor', the story of Italian cyclist Gino Bartali.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Utah guy on March 6, 2011
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This is a very enthralling read from a great author. Although I didn't understand the authors reasoning behind the details of Coppis personal life, by the end of this tradgic story the realization comes forth of what a total mess his life became. Very entertaining!!
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By Flash1 on June 17, 2014
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Even if you're not a pro cycling fan, this book gives great insight into the experience of the Italian people during the turbulent post-war years. This well written book paints an excellent picture of the forces which formed the Italy we know today, as well as the enduring effect Fausto Coppi has had on bringing professional cycling into the modern world.
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I've read several books about Fausto Coppi, both originally written in English and translated into English from Italian. There are others with more and better photos, but the text of this one is well above any other I've found. There is little of the breathless hero-worshipping style that so many bike racing histories and biographies have. Instead, Fotheringham presents a well-researched (including interviews with surviving folks who were there) account of the man and, at least as important, his times. No one has come close to placing Coppi's career into such a historical context, both in terms of cycling history and that of Italy itself.

While Fausto Coppi is the main focus (naturally), there are also excellent insights about Bartali, Magni, brother Serse Coppi, faithful gregario Carea, wife Bruna and, of course, Giulia, the infamous White Lady. Absolutely worth reading if you are at all interested in Coppi or in pro racing in the 1940s and 1950s.
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By Richard Daniels on March 13, 2014
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If you want to know about how bike racing was after the war and Coppi then this is for you
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Cycling the grand tours is tough, but not compared with 70 years ago. Not just a (true) ripping tale, but a social history lesson, in a highly readable package. Loved every moment, even though much of the story was already known to me through previous reading.
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