by Paul Kimmage
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Originally published in 1990, Rough Ride is one of the largest books ever written on the life of a professional athlete.Almost twenty years later, the Yellow Jersey is the publication of an updated edition of this classic bike, with a new preface by the author reflecting on his life, both inside and outside the sport.Paul Kimmage’s childhood dreams were of cycling glory: he was wearing the yellow jersey, cycling, the Tour de France, becoming a national hero.He knew that it would not be easy, but he was ready to put in the graft: he spent his adolescence cycling an average of 400 km per week.The dedication has begun to bear fruitAs an amateur, he represented his country and finished sixth in the World Championship.In 1986, he became a professionalThat’s when the reality hit.He quickly discovered that it was not about glory and courage, and he wasn’t about how much training you put into or how much you wanted to earn.He was on the exhausting defeats, complete and total exhaustion, and that was the subject of drugsNo drugs that would guarantee victory, but the drugs that will allow you to finish the race and start another day.Paul Kimmage left sport to write this bookHe is a powerful and frank man who breaks the law of silence that surrounds the issue of drugs in sport.An eye-opening display and heart-wrenching lament, it is a book that anyone interested in all the sport should read.William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award Winner
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