Giro d'Italia (Hardback)

The Story of the World's Most Beautiful Bike Race

Colin O'Brien

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

Born of tumult in 1909, the Giro d'Italia helped unite a nation.

Since then it has reflected it too; the race's capricious and unpredictable nature matching the passions and extremes of Italy itself.

A desperately hard race through a beautiful country, the Giro has bred characters and stories that dramatise the shifting culture and society of its home: Alfonsina Strada, who cropped her hair and raced against the men in 1924. Ottavio Bottecchia, expected to challenge for the winner's Maglia Rosa in 1928, until killed on a training ride, probably by Mussolini's Black Shirts. Fausto Coppi, the metropolitan playboy with amphetamines in his veins, guided by a mystic blind masseur; and his arch rival Gino Bartali</b>; humble, pious and countrified (and brave: recently it emerged he smuggled papers for persecuted Jewish Italians). The Giro's most tragic hero - Marco Pantani, born to climb but fated to lose.

Halted only by World Wars, the Giro has been contested since 1909. The 2017 edition will be its one hundredth. This book celebrates it in all its kaleidoscopic glory.

Publication date: 13/04/2017

£16.99

ISBN: 9781781257166

Imprint: Pursuit Books

Subject: History & Classics, Travel & Nature

Giro d'Italia (Ebook)

The Story of the World's Most Beautiful Bike Race

Colin O'Brien

The full, rich story of the legendary Giro d'Italia, covering its dramatic 100th edition

The story of the Giro d'Italia - Italy's equivalent of the Tour de France, and its superior in the eyes of many - is as dramatic and full of extraordinary characters as the story of Italy itself. Heroism, suffering, feuds and betrayals, tradition under threat from modernity all play out against a timeless landscape. The iconic riders, mythical stories and career defining exploits are conveyed in rich, vibrant prose.

Publication date: 13/04/2017

£6.99

ISBN: 9781782832904

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B01KAEKHU8

Imprint: Pursuit Books

Subject: History & Classics, Travel & Nature

Giro d'Italia (Paperback)

The Story of the World's Most Beautiful Bike Race

Colin O'Brien

The full, rich story of the legendary Giro d'Italia, covering its dramatic 100th edition

The story of the Giro d'Italia - Italy's equivalent of the Tour de France, and its superior in the eyes of many - is as dramatic and full of extraordinary characters as the story of Italy itself. Heroism, suffering, feuds and betrayals, tradition under threat from modernity all play out against a timeless landscape. The iconic riders, mythical stories and career defining exploits are conveyed in rich, vibrant prose.

Publication date: 26/04/2018

£9.99

ISBN: 9781781257173

Imprint: Pursuit Books

Subject: History & Classics, Travel & Nature

Reviews for Giro d'Italia

'There is a feast of anecdote to enjoy ... a marvellous account ... and a tremendously exciting story.'

Tim Parks Guardian

'The Giro and Italy, Italy and the Giro: this book helps to explain how each has helped shape the other ... This book gives an excellent introduction to the history of the Giro and all that it means to Italy and cycling'

 Road.cc