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    DescriptionThis is the winner - Sweetspot Cycling Book of the Year. For 11 years I was a professional cyclist, competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth. I was in demand from the world's best teams, a well-paid elite athlete. But I never won a race. I was the hired help. When my mum dropped me off in a small French town aged 17, I was full of determination to be a professional cyclist, but I was completely green. I went from mowing the team manager's lawn to winning every amateur race I entered. Then I turned pro and realised I hated the responsibility and pressure of chasing victory. And that's when I became a domestique. I learned to take that hurt and give it everything I had to give, all for someone else's win. When the order came in to ride I pushed out with the hardest rhythm I could, dragging the group faster and faster, until my whole body screamed with pain. There were times I rode myself to a standstill, clutching the barrier metres from the line, as the lead group shot past. But that's what made me a so good at my job. As my career took off, I started looking at the fans lining the route, cheering us like heroes. The passion for cycling oozed off them, but they couldn't know what it was really like. They didn't see the terrible hotels, the crazy egos or all the shit that goes with great expectations. Well, this is how it is.


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    Title
    Domestique
    Subtitle
    The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charly Wegelius
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 254 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091950941
    ISBN 10: 0091950945
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGSA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    LC classification: GV
    Abridged Dewey: 796
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 28
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000, BIO026000
    DC23: 796.62092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, SMQ, DNBS1
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (colour)
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Charly Wegelius was one of Britain's most distinguished and respected professional cyclists. He grew up in York, and went on to race for some of cycling's best teams, including Mapei, the world's most successful ever team. In his 11-year career he competed in a remarkable 14 Grand Tours (including three Tours de France). Charly now works as a directear sportif for the Garmin-Sharp team. Co-writer Tom Southam is a former professional racing cyclist. He raced alongside Charly Wegelius for three years in the Italian professional peleton, and twice rode the professional Roac Race Championships as a teamate of Wegelius. He now works as a writer and contributes to major cycling publications in the UK and internationally.
    Review quote
    "If justice is alive and well in the world, this will be the sports book of the year 2013... a book that is well nigh impossible to put back on the shelf at the end of each chapter." The Washing Machine Post.net "Interesting and revealing... the most accurate description of what being a highly-regarded domestique in the modern peloton is really like'" Cycling Weekly "One of the hardest working domestiques in the sport" Cycling Weekly "Couldn't put it down...the best insight into the peloton since Paul Kimmage's Rough Ride" -- William Fotheringham "A must read. Absolutely outstanding" -- Paul Kimmage