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  • Published: 15 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780224080187
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

Put Me Back on My Bike

In Search of Tom Simpson

The definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist, reissued with a new preface and final chapter

Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. Forty years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died.

A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life.

This new edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Simpson's death, features a preface and final chapter featuring further revelations about Simpson's life and death.

  • Pub date: 15 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9780224080187
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

William Fotheringham

William Fotheringham is the number-one bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. He writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby and is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called `the best cycling biography ever written’. A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France.

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Praise for Put Me Back on My Bike

“The best cycling biography ever written”


“An intelligent, perceptive portrait”


“A beautiful explanation of why Simpson's legend still exerts such a powerful hold”

Sunday Times

“An enjoyable, clear-eyed biography”

Times Literary Supplement

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