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William Fotheringham is the cycling correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, covering the Tour de France as well as three Olympic Games. He launched Cycle Sport magazine in 1993 and ProCycling magazine and website in 1998. He is the author of A Century of Cycling, Cycle Racing, Cyclopedia, and Put Me Back on My Bike.


"A fascinating, often bleak portrait of a remarkable athlete and an unnerving man." --Sunday Times
"Extensively researched with insightful views of the man and athlete from fans, mentors, family, and rivals." --London Cyclist
"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." --Booklist
"Fotheringham, one of the most entertaining of cycling writers, provides interesting historical and political background. . . . This book is yet another quality title from Fotheringham; a fascinating story of, by any measure, the greatest competitive cyclist of them all." --Cyclo
"Incredible reading. . . . A fascinating account." --Bike Radar
"Stirring." --Graham Robb, author, The Discovery of France and Parisians, in The Guardian
"Superbly timed, researched, and written. . . . Fotheringham has authored more than a few excellent biographies of cycling's greats, but I think it only fair to say that he has excelled himself with this volume. Every now and again along comes a book that is well nigh impossible to put down. . . . Fotheringham's writing has surely reached its own apogee in this truly superb book." --The Washing Machine Post
"The research is meticulous, the recapitulation of Merckx's races sweet reminiscences for those who witnessed them and things of wonder for those who did not. . . . To read about his feats is like reading of the labours of [Hercules]. . . . Marvellous." --The New Statesman

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