Tom Simpson. Bird on the wire
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
Over 130 photographs, many never before seen
Tom Simpson is British cycling's greatest icon. Fifty years after he conquered the continental sporting scene, he still captivates people around the world. After his dramatic death on Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France, amphetamines and alcohol were found in his system, a fact which often dwarfs his pioneering achievements. From a humble upbringing in a Nottinghamshire mining town, Simpson became the first Briton to win the elite men's World Championships and to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey. He also took victory at Milan Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of Lombardy, three of cycling's most prestigious races. A charismatic and impulsive character, Simpson lived life fast, with a penchant for spectacular racing, sports cars and fanciful dreams. This man of contradictions was both people's champion and pariah, gentleman and rogue. Guided by rare photography of Simpson, this book explores the Briton's feats and complexities through untold stories from those closest to him.
Main protagonists and interviews:
Jan Janssen, Raymond Poulidor, Gianni Motta, Barry Hoban, Emile Daems, Brian Robinson, Vin Denson, Helen Hoban, Joanne Simpson, Henri Duez, Charly Wegelius, Dave Bonner, Billy Holmes, Keith Butler, Pete Ryalls and Professor Greg Whyte OBE.
- Andy McGrath
- Bloomsbury Sport
- Tapa dura
- Fecha publicación
- June 2017
Andy McGrath ha sido editor de la conocida revista de ciclismo Rouleur. Tras haber trabajado antes en Cycling Weekly y Cycle Sport, ha escrito sobre ciclismo en The Guardian y el Financial Times. Es también coautor del libro La historia oficial del Tour de Francia y autor de Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire, libro que ganó el premio William Hill a mejor libro deportivo en 2017.