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The book the cycling world has been waiting for. A definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist - Tom Simpson.

The cyclist Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. Almost 35 years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper "Major Tom" inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life. An authoritative evaluation of Simpson's death, and of the life that led to it, has been long overdue, the more so since cycling has been rocked by a succession of drug scandals. Put me Back on my Bike will revisit the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist.

Reviews

The best cycling biography ever written

Velo

An intelligent, perceptive portrait

Guardian

A beautiful explanation of why Simpson's legend still exerts such a powerful hold

Sunday Times

An enjoyable, clear-eyed biography

Times Literary Supplement

The definitive story of Britain’s greatest ever cyclist

Cycle Sport

A definitive insight into one of cycling’s most intriguing characters and tragic stories

Cyclist

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780224092395

    May 15, 2014

    Yellow Jersey

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780224080187

    June 15, 2007

    Yellow Jersey

    272 pages

    RRP $24.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781446435878

    December 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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