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  • Published: 20 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780572185
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Inside the Peloton

Riding, Winning and Losing the Tour de France




Inside the Peloton is a fascinating study of racing cyclists by Graeme Fife, author of the bestselling and highly acclaimed Tour de France: the history, the legend, the riders.

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?

  • Pub date: 20 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780572185
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Graeme Fife

Graeme Fife is a full-time writer with several books published in the UK and the USA. A keen cyclist, he has ridden all the celebrated cols of Tour legend. He is also the author of the bestselling Tour de France and Inside the Peloton.

Graeme Fife is a full-time writer who has worked much in radio and written a number of books, including Tour de France, Inside the Peloton and The Beautiful Machine. A keen cyclist, he has ridden all the celebrated cols of Tour legend.

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