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Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson Paperback – May 29, 2003

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'The best cycling biography ever written' - Velo

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Described by Velo magazine as "the best cycling biography ever written," this is the definitive account of the life of Tom Simpson, Britain's greatest cyclist.
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224061879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224061872
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
A quick and engaging book for anyone interested in professional cycling and a historical perspective on one of the most impactful events of TDF history. Written without judgement and very matter of fact regarding drug use and how the "wink and a nod" attitude about it was so pervasive in the early 1960's cycling scene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Couch on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
William Fotheringham has written what is certainly the best cycling biography of the many I have read. The book treats the controversial and tragic life of British pro Tom Simpson in an objective, and sensitive manner.

Fotheringham's Simpson becomes more than the mythical driven cyclist who died on the slopes of the Mt Ventoux. We see a full portrait of not only a talented and ambitious cyclist, but a husband, father, and complex human being. We get to know Simpson the person, not just the myth.

We also get more than just a glimpse at the world of professional cycling in the 60s, pre drug testing days. Just like his treatment of Tom Simpson we get a view of cycling that is more than the standard stories and myth. the treatment of cycling is also non-judgmental and sensitive, without hiding or covering up the facts.

The book is well written and engaging, certainly hard to put down. A great, if tragic read. I highly recommend it.
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A great read of legends in cycling, and for those of that want to understand
the roots of Illegal Substance Abuse.
A very good read, easy and simple, straight forward, very good penmanship of
Fotheringham. Show good research and love of cycling.
(my #1 Fallen Angel, the Passion of Fausto Coppi)
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