Miguel Indurain is Spain’s greatest cyclist of all time and one of the best Tour racers in history. He is the only bike rider to have won five successive Tours de France, as well as holding the title for the youngest ever race leader in the Tour of Spain. This is his story.
As the all-conquering hero of the 90s, Indurain steadfastly refused to be overwhelmed by fame; remaining humble, shy and true to his country roots. Along with his superhuman calmness, iron will-power and superb bike handling skills, he was often described as a machine. Yet 1996 saw Indurain, the Tour’s greatest ever champion, spectacularly plummet, bringing his career and supremacy to an abrupt end.
In Indurain, Alasdair Fotheringham gets to the heart of this enigmatic character, reliving his historic accomplishments in vibrant colour, and exploring how this shaped the direction taken by generations of Spanish racers - raising Spanish sport to a whole new level.
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Great book about a great cyclist
This is an excellent biography of Big Mig Induráin, the greatest Spanish cyclist of all time. Miguelón is a hero in Spain, and this is well deserved. This book described his early days, winning career, and departure from pro racing, all in the context of the Reynolds/Banesto (now Movistar) Team he raced for and the impact his wins and extreme sportsmanship had on the Spanish people. Also lots in the books about other contemporary Spanish racers, especially Pedro “Perico” Delgado.