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Anquetil, Alone


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The legend of Jacques Anquetil, controversial French cycling star of the 60s, told through the eyes of novelist and childhood Anquetil fan Paul Fournel

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Paul Fournel is a French writer, poet, publisher and cultural ambassador. He was awarded the Prix Goncourt for short fiction for Les Athletes dans leur tete. His Besoin de Velo (translated into English as Need for the Bike and Velo) is a classic cycling text, in which he describes himself as the Proust of the chute. Anquetil, Alone is translated by Nick Caistor.


A wonderful little book about a great man -- Tim Krabbe, author of The Rider
At last the coolest of champions gets the biography he deserves -- Richard Williams
If you don't know Fournel, then you're missing out, if you don't know Anquetil, then you don't know cycling. -- David Millar
An unconventional take on a fascinating character. This is not your standard cycling biography - and all the better for it. -- Gary Imlach
What a wonderful book Paul has written. It's is one of the most powerful cycling books I've ever read - certainly the best biography. -- Michael Hutchinson
Evokes the mysticism which surrounded Jacques beautifully -- Herbie Sykes
A magnificent book * Le Monde *
A beautiful story * Le Figaro *
A profound essay * Liberation *
Praise for Velo: Joyous. Destined to become a classic * Road.cc *
One of the loveliest pieces of writing about cycling * Cyclingtips *
Praise for Need for the Bike 'Paul Fournel is the real deal. In his carefully cadenced prose poem...he shares a passion for the sport matched only by his love of language. * Bicycling *
A fascinating mix of bicycling memories, observations, and experiences the author has gathered during a lifetime of cycling ... This very personal book, doled in short, easily digestible doses, packs a meal that ultimately satisfies deeply * ForeWord *

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