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    Viva La Vuelta!: The Story of Spain's Great Bike Race (Hardback) By (author) Lucy Fallon, By (author) Adrian Bell, Foreword by Sean Kelly


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    DescriptionIn the 70 years that the Vuelta a Espana has been running, it has survived a civil war, four decades of dictatorship, periods of economic and diplomatic isolation, desperate years when the country was close to famine, disruption through political violence, and finally the restoration of democracy and Spain's welcome into the European Community. The race has changed hands several times and been shifted from spring to late summer. It has seen the triumph of foreign stars like Anquetil, Merckx and Hinault; it has given a range of top - but less godlike - cyclists such as Lucho Herrera and Sean Kelly the opportunity to taste the glory of winning a great stage race; there have also been the unknowns who came along and, out of the blue, surprised everybody by winning. And above all the history of the Vuelta recounts the story of the Spanish cyclists, whose lives reflect the incredible changes their country has undergone in those seventy years. The story of the Vuelta is also an account of a race trying to establish itself in an international calendar where the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia had the advantage of a clear head-start. At times the Vuelta has suffered from an inferiority complex, but its current organisers, Unipublic, have approached their race with an innovative spirit, always on the look out for new routes and mountains to climb, and seeking to create dynamic, fiercely contested stages. For many followers of cycle-racing, the most interesting, and excitingly competitive racing of the three major tours in recent years has been in Spain. While there have been numerous books about the Tour de France, this is the only book, in any language, about the 70 years of la Vuelta.

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    Viva La Vuelta!
    The Story of Spain's Great Bike Race
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lucy Fallon, By (author) Adrian Bell, Foreword by Sean Kelly
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 350
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    ISBN 13: 9781874739401
    ISBN 10: 1874739404

    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.4
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    BISAC V2.8: SPO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DSE
    DC22: 796.620946
    BIC subject category V2: WSBX
    Illustrations note
    16pp b&w and colour plates
    Mousehold Press
    Imprint name
    Mousehold Press
    Publication date
    16 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    Viva la Vuelta! captures all the spirit and history of the race and - just as fascinating - the great upheavals Spain has gone though in the course of the race's history.' Phil Liggett MBE, Cycling Broadcaster ITV