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    Description'The whole point of a race is to find a winner...I chose to race, so I chose to win.' For 14 years between 1965 and 1978, cyclist Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx simply devoured his rivals, their hopes and their careers. His legacy resides as much in the careers he ruined as the 445 victories - including five Tour de France wins and all the monument races - he amassed in his own right. So dominant had Merckx become by 1973 that he was ordered to stay away from the Tour for the good of the event. Stage 17 of the 1969 Tour de France perfectly illustrates his untouchable brilliance. Already wearing the yellow jersey on the col du Tourmalet, the Tour's most famous peak, Merckx powered clear and rode the last 140 kilometres to the finish-line in jaw-dropping solitude, eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Merckx's era has been called cycling's Golden Age.It was full of memorable characters who, at any other time, would all have gone on to become legends. Yet Merckx's phenomenal career overshadowed them all. How did he achieve such incredible success? And how did his rivals really feel about him? Merckx failed drug tests three times in his career - were they really stitch ups as he claimed? And what of the crash at a track meet in Blois, France that killed Merckx's pacer Fernand Wambst, which Merckx claimed deeply affected him psychologically and physically? Or the attack by a spectator in 1975? Despite his unique achievements, we know little about the Cannibal beyond his victories. This will be the first comprehensive biography of Merckx in English, and will finally expose the truth behind this legendary man.


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    Title
    Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Friebe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091943165
    ISBN 10: 0091943167
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Abridged Dewey: 796
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24400
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 28
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DDB
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 796.62092
    BIC subject category V2: CVS
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GV1051.M45 F75 2012
    BISAC region code: 1.2.1.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: SMQ, DNBS
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), ports. (some col.)
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    19 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Daniel Friebe is one of Britain's leading cycling journalists and, at 30, a youthful veteran of nine Tours de France. Daniel is the Features Editor of Procycling Magazine, widely regarded as the world's most authoritative English-language cycling magazine. His feature-writing and news reporting on a range of subjects - including the controversial topic of doping - has earned him an enviable reputation, reflected in his frequent appearances on international radio and television as a cycling expert.Daniel also collaborated with Mark Cavendish on his bestselling Boy Racer. He has also written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, FourFourTwo, Spin Cricket Monthly, Channel4 Test Match Magazine.
    Review quote
    "The most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known" Velo "For readers who are after good storytelling it can t be beaten." Cycling Weekly "The awesome story of an extraordinary athlete." -- Mark Cavendish "A beautifully written, vivid portrait not just of Merckx, but also his era and his 'victims'" Scotsman "Well written and well researched" Cycling World