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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
     

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

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by Paul Howard
 

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The astonishing biography of French cycling star Jacques Anquetil
 
Containing exclusive contributions from Anquetil's family, friends, teammates, and rivals, this biography untangles myth from reality and confirms that fact is definitely stranger than fiction. Jacques Anquetil was the first man to win the Tour de France five

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The astonishing biography of French cycling star Jacques Anquetil
 
Containing exclusive contributions from Anquetil's family, friends, teammates, and rivals, this biography untangles myth from reality and confirms that fact is definitely stranger than fiction. Jacques Anquetil was the first man to win the Tour de France five times; the first man to win all three grand tours—the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España; and the first man to win both the Tour and Vuelta in one year. However, the extraordinary story of Anquetil does not stop at his cycling achievements. He admitted to using drugs, offended fans by confessing that his only motivation for riding was financial, and infamously indulged his enthusiasm for the high life. He also seduced his doctor's wife, had a child with her daughter, and then sustained a ménage à trois with his wife and stepdaughter for 12 years. This is a fascinating, candid look at a controversial and extraordinary man.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845964610
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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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