Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Ilustrado, 1 enero 1900 de Daniel Friebe


Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Ilustrado, 1 enero 1900

de Daniel Friebe
Genero : Biografías Y Autobiografías (Libros)

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The most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known, Velo For readers who are after good storytelling it can t be beaten., Cycling Weekly The awesome story of an extraordinary athlete. -- Mark Cavendish A beautifully written, vivid portrait not just of Merckx, but also his era and his 'victims', Scotsman Well written and well researched, Cycling World. Daniel Friebe is one of Britain's leading cycling journalists and a veteran of nine Tours de France. Daniel is the Features Editor of Procycling Magazine, widely regarded as the world's most authoritative English-language cycling magazine. His feature-writing and news reporting on a range of subjects - including the controversial topic of doping - has earned him an enviable reputation, reflected in his frequent appearances on international radio and television as a cycling expert.Daniel also collaborated with Mark Cavendish on his bestselling Boy Racer. He has also written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, FourFourTwo, Spin Cricket Monthly, Channel4 Test Match Magazine.. 'The whole point of a race is to find a winner... I chose to race, so I chose to win.' For 14 years between 1965 and 1978, cyclist Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx simply devoured his rivals, their hopes and their careers. His legacy resides as much in the careers he ruined as the 445 victories - including five Tour de France wins and all the monument races - he amassed in his own right. So dominant had Merckx become by 1973 that he was ordered to stay away from the Tour for the good of the event.Stage 17 of the 1969 Tour de France perfectly illustrates his untouchable brilliance. Already wearing the yellow jersey on the col du Tourmalet, the Tour's most famous peak, Merckx powered clear and rode the last 140 kilometres to the finish-line in jaw-dropping solitude, eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.Merckx's era has been called cycling's Golden Age.It was full of memorable characters who, at any other time, would all have gone on to become legends. Yet Merckx's phenomenal career overshadowed them all. How did he achieve such incredible success? And how did his rivals really feel about him? Merckx failed drug tests three times in his career - were they really stitch ups as he claimed? And what of the crash at a track meet in Blois, France that killed Merckx's pacer Fernand Wambst, which Merckx claimed deeply affected him psychologically and physically? Or the attack by a spectator in 1975?Despite his unique achievements, we know little about the Cannibal beyond his victories. This will be the first comprehensive biography of Merckx in English, and will finally expose the truth behind this legendary man.

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Entre la biografía y el ensayo... Es un buen libro para acercarse a la figura de Eddy Merckx por primera vez. El relato describe a un corredor con hambre de triunfos, que corre 125 kilómetros diarios en promedio a lo largo del año, que se divierte en las carreras, y que tiene pasión por el ciclismo. Posiblemente, esa mezcla de talento, trabajo y motivación está detrás de un palmarés tan espectacular que ensombreció a otros corredores de su generación. Pero el libro parece a ratos más un ensayo que una biografía deportiva. Lógicamente describe las victorias épicas (como la cabalgada en solitario con final en Mourenx en 1969) y las derrotas épicas (como la etapa del Tour en la que Luis Ocaña fue el vencedor, en Orcières-Merlette en 1970). Pero el libro destaca sobre todo por su capacidad explicativa, por la interpretación y por los análisis. Me ha interesado especialmente la última parte, en la que describe el declive y la jubilación de un corredor que lo había sido todo en el ciclismo.
Good summary of the highs and lows of the career of the greatest cyclist ever As a good summary of the life of the man voted in a number of polls as one of the best sportspeople ever, this is quite good. All the highs and lows are there, and there is an analysis of what drove The Cannibal, and what made him different to those who have gone before and come after him. While Armstrong may be held high in the eyes of many, it must be remember Merckx was succesful in Classics as well as the Grand Tours, whereas Lance just concentrated on the Tour. Friebe allows for competing analysis from a range of sources, those who competed against Merckx, those who rode with him and those who reported on his career. Of course it helps to know the background to each of Merckx's interactions with those who have been interviewed- obviously some come with more an an agenda and desire to protect their legacies than others, and the author does well to reflect these, without negatively impacting on the validity of their input. One voice that is missing is Merckx himself who did not want to collaborate with the book (apart from a brief conversation detailed in the epilogue).Friebe insists this is actually more beneficial, but there is still a void there that is not filled. While a certain amount of revisionism is to be expected, I do feel that Merckx's absence is most clearly felt as Friebe attempts to deal with the controversies that surround Eddy. This is no hiagoraphy but it would be good to see what how these events are now viewed by the man himself with hindsight-to get this however the reader would need to seek out the other works Merckx did collaborate on. This is generally well put together, although on a small number of occasions I had to re-read sentences a couple of times to get their meaning-some were open to ambiguity which should have been addressed at the editing stage. Overall though I recommend this as a good summary of Merckx's life though I am looking forward to checking out William Fotherington's Half Man, Half Bike, to see how he deals with Merckx.
A good book written by an enthusiast Having read 'Part man part bike' I thought I would give this one a go... Lets just say that the author seems to have allowed his enthusiasm for the subject get the better of him. I regularly found myself losing the thread and having to go back and work out what the author was trying to say. This is why I have knocked off a star but is this such a big problem? The stories are great and go a long way to explaining why Merckx was such a dominant force and what made him so special. I think that anyone who already knows a bit about him and wants to know more will enjoy this book. He is still a bit of an enigma but this book goes some way to explaining the enigma... a must read.... It is worth the effort to read; Daniel's evident enthusiasm makes this book good!