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Olympic Gangster: The Legend of José Beyaert - Cycling Champion, Fortune Hunter and Outlaw
     

Olympic Gangster: The Legend of José Beyaert - Cycling Champion, Fortune Hunter and Outlaw

by Matt Rendell
 

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Restlessly vital and possessed of great physical strength, José Beyaert lived many lives. During the Second World War, he boxed and trafficked arms for the Resistance on his bicycle. After it, he became an international cyclist. In 1948, a mile from the end of the Olympic road race around Windsor Park, he broke away alone to take the gold medal and started

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Restlessly vital and possessed of great physical strength, José Beyaert lived many lives. During the Second World War, he boxed and trafficked arms for the Resistance on his bicycle. After it, he became an international cyclist. In 1948, a mile from the end of the Olympic road race around Windsor Park, he broke away alone to take the gold medal and started an adventure that would last the rest of his life.

A Tour de France rider in the sport's golden age, José was invited to open a new velodrome in Colombia, South America. He travelled, intending to stay a month. Instead, driven by his thirst for adventure, he stayed for fifty years, becoming by turns athlete, coach, businessman, emerald-trader, logger, smuggler, perhaps even hired killer.

Matt Rendell, who knew José Beyaert and met many of his family, friends and associates, tells the fascinating story of an almost-forgotten sporting hero who, incapable of living by other people's rules, lived his many lives on his own terms.


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"A riveting tale that would be unbelievable were it not for [Rendell's] impeccable research"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845969370
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
507 KB

Meet the Author

Matt Rendell writes regularly for several leading publications and is part of the ITV Tour de France production team. he was named Best Sports Biographer at the British Sports Book Awards in 2007.

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