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Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France Paperback – Aug 22 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (Aug. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845964616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845964610
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extraordinary biography."  —Times magazine

"Paul Howard has not allowed Anquetil's astonishing love life to overwhelm his equally extraordinary career . . . an impeccably researched book."  —Independent on Sunday (Book of the Week)

About the Author

Paul Howard is a writer and journalist who contributes frequently to cycling magazines and the author of Riding High.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Read & Ride on Dec 31 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jacques Anquetil inspired a generation of cycling fans with his brilliant performances on a bike - Amphetamines and alcohol aside, he was for a while "the Prince of France" as well as the most important element in the peleton and to the avid writers within the press. There cannot be many sportsmen with so much intrigue to relay to keep the reader facinated to the final page. Well written by an author who must have researched well for all of the contents of a lifetime that can be told as an excellent story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Well written and informative Feb. 22 2012
By texasmike - Published on
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Many cycling books are poorly written and you want to put them down after five pages. This book is not - it is entertaining and well-crafted and reveals the story behind one of the greatest cycling legends. Always in control on the bike, Anquetil crashed through the boundaries of everyday life while always selfishly choosing his own desires.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More of a career bio than I expected Nov. 2 2012
By Fireform - Published on
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This is a very informative book about a cycling great who is less appreciated in the US than he should be. The book title and trimmings indicate that it focusses on the salacious details of his personal life, but while these are covered the book is really more of a complete biography with lots of material from his racing career, memories of his teammates and opponents, and so on. Very good read.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sex, Lies and Handelbar tape Oct. 26 2010
By Walt Downey - Published on
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A great read about a fascinating legend of cycling. His personal life makes today's "celebs" sound boring!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
jacques anquetil sounds like he lived quite a life! Nov. 10 2012
By Ed W - Published on
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It was refreshing to read about some old school cycling and an icon from the time. Very interesting to get some insight on how a cycling champion from another era did his thing. I had no idea about his family life, wow...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
All time Great Aug. 29 2011
By L. P. F. Lafferty - Published on
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If you want a cornerstone of Tour history and scandal this is it. No enemies taken in the struggle for cycling's holy prize.