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Live the pure adrenaline of the Tour de France alongside British cycling's hottest young superstar

Boy Racer steps behind the scenes of the Tour de France. It unmasks the exotic, contradictory, hysterical and brutal world of professional cycling from the compellingly candid viewpoint of someone right in the thick of it.

Written off as ‘fat’ and ‘useless’ in his youth, Mark Cavendish is now the cycling's brightest star. His extraordinary, quadruple stage-win at last year’s Tour proved him Britain’s best ever cyclist.

Some have called him cocky, but to anyone who doesn’t like his style, Mark will simply shrug his shoulders and reply, ‘I know I’m good. There’s no point lying about it.’

Peers say that they have never seen anyone with Cavendish’s hunger for success and while this fearlessness – both in the saddle and on the record – has at times led to controversy, it has also earned him the respect of ever more fans.

In Boy Racer we follow him through through the mayhem of the Tour de France in a page-turning journey of pure exhilaration.


Britain's best ever Tour de France cyclist

ProCycling Magazine

The hottest sprinter in the world

Daily Telegraph

Boy Racer...catch[es] the inner conflict between the impetuousness that makes Cavendish such a daunting competitor and the introspection that makes him such an interesting person


Refreshingly frank and entertaining

Scotland on Sunday

Highly personal and revelatory and gives you a unique insight to one of Britain's most successful and respected sportsmen


Few have brought the terrifying and visceral art of sprinting to life. Boy Racer redresses the balance.

The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 15, 2010

    Ebury Press

    400 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    September 1, 2010

    Ebury Digital

    400 pages

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