A beautiful and unique depiction of the worldwide cycling legend Fausto Coppi, including hand-picked and rarely seen historical images.
Herbie Sykes is a cycling historian and the author of two previous books about the Giro d'Italia: Maglia Rosa was published by Rouleur to enormous acclaim in 2011, while Cycling Weekly described The Eagle of the Canavese as 'A gem of a book'. Sykes lives in Turin and is a regular contributor to both Rouleur and Procycling magazines.
Rouleur is to bike magazines what National Geographic is to nature
photography * Wired magazine *
Coppi and his gregari stood for Italy at a certain age in her history. They are the men of the reconstruction which finally united this diverse country. * William Fotheringham *
...well worth adding to your bookshelf...Like many Rouleur books, there is page after page of atmospheric, unusual, beautiful and striking pictures. * Cycle Sport *
Cycling literature is certainly in rude health right now and the best-looking sports book this year was surely Herbie Sykes' coffee-table tome charting the exploits of Fausto Coppi * Metro *
Beautiful * The Sunday Telegraph *
In a difficult time for publishing, the literature of cycling is enjoying spectacular growth. Herbie Sykes's Coppi contains page after page of glorious and beautifully printed images from the career of Il Campionissimo, as the incomparably charismatic Fausto Coppi was known, interspersed with the testimony of the old men who were once his team-mates and rivals. The pictures are mostly black and white, of course, but nothing is more moving than the muted colour photographs of the great man's funeral, with crowds thronging the lanes around his village in Piedmont on a sunlit winter's day in 1960. * Richard Williams, Guardian *
one of the best books I have seen in a long time. Stunning stuff, and the words and stories are just superb -- Tom Southam
The images are great alone. But for me the 21 accounts from Coppi's contemporaries are what make the book special, bringing the past alive.... a glimpse at the rich history of Italian cycling * The Inner Ring *
These stories are perfectly complemented by the rare, archival photos, my only complaint being the captions are buried in the back with the photography credits instead of included on the relevant pages. By all means, read the other, more biographical accounts of the life and career of Il Campionissimo, but as they say, save the best for last. * CycleItalia *