Inside the Peloton

Inside the Peloton

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Racing cyclists all ride the same frail machine and all are equal before the demands of the road. But what is it that makes a winner? What special attributes do winners need to give them that extra edge? To find out, Fife analyses and illustrates the moral strength, intelligence, racing nous, cunning, tactical acumen and superior mental resilience of the champion racing cyclist. Drawing on exclusive interviews and personal acquaintance with some of the best riders to have raced on the continent, as well as mechanics and team-support crew, Inside the Peloton is a vivid portrait of the complex character of cycle racing. It is an unparalleled, in-depth study of ambition, the rage to win, the capacity to recover from defeat, the harrowing misery of lost morale and the hard initiation faced by every newcomer - however talented - to the unforgiving demands of professional competition. Provocative and rich in insight, this book is a very personal account by Fife. Read it to discover: What made Merckx, apparently invincible, so prey to doubt? --What rendered the massively talented Poulidor so beatable? --Why did Sean Yates, with a cardiovascular and lung capacity equal to that of Merckx, ride so contentedly as a domestique?In the year Holland rode the Tour de France Cycling recorded how: At last the Amateur Rowing Association has decided to fall in line ... They are expunging that blot on their constitution which prohibits rowers who were engaged in manual labour or menial occupations ... Each bike was fitted with standard rims, brakes, tyres and gears a€“ Desgrange had allowed the a#39;derailleura#39; for the first time in the Tour, anbsp;...

Title:Inside the Peloton
Author: G Fife, Graeme Fife
Publisher:Random House - 2011-05-20

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