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Unquestionably the greatest cyclist
on July 11, 2012
I would strongly recommend this book even for those only faintly interested in cycling. As a current recreational rider and former amateur racer this was both an informative and insightful read. I particularly enjoyed reading about his family and upbringing and the touchy relationship in Belgium between the Walloon's and Flemish. It was also informative to the read the politics in the early years around not him chasing Belgian teams but rather switching to Peugeot and then Faema and Molteni. However the book shines in descriptions of classic races and victories, particularly the clashes with Ocana and Fuente. Cycling is poorer for an era where there was much greater variability in performance and Merckx could lose 8 minutes in a stage when at his prime. In the current climate his two positive tests were a good read, a product of naivety rather than a systematic attempt to deceive it seems. The short description of family and an amazingly supportive wife will stick. Great book.