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Anquetil, Alone by Paul Fournel

17th May 2018, Paperback, £9.99, ISBN 9781781257326

The legend of Jacques Anquetil, controversial French cycling star of the 60s, told through the eyes of novelist and childhood Anquetil fan Paul Fournel

Jacques Anquetil was arrogant and iconoclastic, with a relaxed attitude to rules - including those about drugs - and morals. His womanising appalled conservative French society, even as his five Tour de France wins enthralled it. But Paul Fournel always preferred him to his great rival, working-class hero Raymond Poulidor, and followed Anquetil's career from childhood with the passion of a fan and the eye of a poet.

In this stunningly original biography of a complex and divisive character, Fournel blends elements of memoir and imagined autobiography to tell the captivating story of this cycling legend.

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the hardmenThe Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods by The Velominati

14 June 2018, Paperback, £9.99, ISBN 9781781256138

Stories of the toughest cyclists of all time, told by The Velominati, originators of The Rules

In cycling, suffering brings glory: a rider's value can be judged by their results, but also by their panache and heroism. Hear about Chris Froome riding on at the Tour de France with a broken wrist and Geraint Thomas finishing it with a broken pelvis, and you'll never look at a premier-league footballer's diving theatrics the same way again. 

In The Hardmen, the writers behind cycling superblog, will tell the stories and illuminate the myths of not just the greatest cyclists ever, but the toughest. From Eddy Merckx to Beryl Burton, and from Marianne Vos to Edwig Van Hooydonk, the book will lay bare the secrets of their extraordinary and inspirational endurance in the face of pain, danger and disaster. 

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Giro d'italiaGiro d'Italia by Colin O'Brien

26 April 2018, Paperback, £9.99, ISBN 9781781257173

The full, rich story of the legendary Giro d'Italia, published to celebrate its 100th edition

The story of the Giro d'Italia, more demanding and unpredictable even than the Tour de France, is as dramatic and characterful as that of Italy itself. Heroism, suffering, feuds and betrayals, tradition under threat from modernity, all play out against a landscape of extremes.

First contested in 1909 and then every year since, interrupted only by the First World War, the Giro began as an ordeal, with 400 km stages, night time starts and fixed geared bicycles on rough tracks. In the postwar period it was animated by the near-miraculous deeds of 'Il Campionissimo', Fausto Coppi, his feud with Gino Bartali and his scandalous lifestyle. In more recent times the story of the spectacularly gifted yet self-destructive Marco Pantani has been described as 'perhaps the greatest cycling story ever told'.

The Giro has given birth to many of the most potent myths in cycling; Giro d'Italia tells these stories and brings to life their iconic protagonists. In doing so, it also shows how much the legend of the Giro reveals of Italian society and its many contradictions.

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