- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press (July 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224074482
- ISBN-13: 978-0224074483
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike Hardcover – International Edition, July 9, 2012
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Within the world of professional cycling, no name conjures such complete dedication and domination of the sport than that of Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx, dubbed for his voracious appetite for winning. Fotheringham expertly traces Merckx’s career from his early races in Belgium to his successes at the Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of a man best described by his wife as “driven on by a power that was unique to him.” The power behind this account is Fotheringham’s skill in bringing Merckx’s races alive on the page. Woven throughout is a thoughtful discussion of the impact of Belgium’s ethnic divide between Flemish and French and its affect on Merckx’s career, as well as insightful analysis of how Merckx’s quiet and introverted personality helped to build his mystique. While Fotheringham clearly holds Merckx in high regard, he avoids the sycophantic tone of many sports biographies by placing Merckx within the wider cycling world at the time. This approach gives a rich depth to the book while still paying tribute to a remarkable athelete. --Eve Gaus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Cantona or Muhammad Ali of cycling, this Belgian's story is amazing - and it's told by one of the greatest cycling reporters around... Top Notch" Loaded "Remarkable and impressive.everything you want to know about Merckx and more" -- Richard Abraham Cycling Weekly "The research is meticulous, the recapitulation of Merckx's races sweet reminiscences for those who witnessed them and things of wonder for those that did not" -- Henry Sheen New Statesman "Does full justice to a unique athlete" Independent on Sunday "Excellent" Cycling Plus
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He certainly had a good influence on our generation.
We didn't have time for naughty stuff, all that mattered was jumping on our bikes after school or during Holidays, race friends, pretending to be Merckx (I did).
The writer reveals a lot of details of Merckx's career in his book. The drive, the ambition, the struggle of the Man. Details I was never aware of.
My admiration for Eddy Merckx remains the same after all those years and it was nice to be able to look back at all the achievements of his.
If you are a cycling fan or a Merckx fan, certainly worth reading.