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Coppi: Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo (Rouleur) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Herbie Sykes

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8. November 2012 Rouleur
Herbie Sykes's Coppi is a beautiful, unique evocation of global cycling legend Fausto Coppi. Built around an extraordinary collection of hand-picked, never before seen images, the book also features testimony from those who knew him intimately. Fausto Coppi remains the most iconic cyclist in the history of the sport. For twenty years either side of the war his extravagant talent, allied to a unique charisma and human frailty, captivated sports fans across Europe. Moreover, he revolutionised the sport of bike racing itself, laying the foundations for the generations who would follow. Coppi was Il Campionissimo, his greatness so unequivocal that his celebrity transcended mere sport. As such both his professional and private lives were endlessly pawed over by his country's insatiable post-war media. In deserting his wife and daughter for a divorcee in 1954, he traumatised Catholic Italy. Thereafter his life became a soap opera from which he was unable to escape until his dramatic death in 1960. These images, many among them genuine masterpieces, were unearthed through hours of painstaking research. Allied to the personal truths of those closest to him, they reveal the man behind the Fausto Coppi myth. Put simply, the book strips away many of the half-truths and downright lies which have been grafted onto his legend over the decades. As such it's a very different kind of sports biography, and a must-have for all genuine cycling fans.

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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 20121207 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 20121207 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

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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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Coppi fans - save the best for last 15. August 2013
Von Larry TheobaldCycleItalia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In his introduction Herbie Sykes claims he didn't want to ever write a book about Fausto Coppi. I believe him, but I'm glad he decided otherwise, for while I'll suggest this NOT be the first book you read about the "champion of champions", perhaps it should be the last.
Sykes' work is far from just another biography of the famous Italian cyclist, but rather a look at the man himself through rare photographs along with the words of his gregari and rivals, who sometimes were both during their careers.
It's difficult to say which part of the book is more illuminating or entertaining, the many never-seen-before (and trust me I have a LOT of books about Coppi!) photos or the evocative accounts of life and competition, both for and against the man many claim revolutionized the sport during what is arguably the "golden age of cycling".
Much has been written about Coppi's famous rivalry with Gino Bartali, but this book sheds what to me is a new light on this as well as the character of Coppi's older team captain and later rival. In most of the books I've read about this rivalry, Bartali is painted as a gruff but warm and almost saintly figure, while Coppi is the cold, modern man. The accounts in COPPI paint a far different picture.
The book's format is made up of short chapters based on interviews the author did with these old bike racers, most of them Italian, inserted between pages of rarely seen photos from various archives. Sykes' mission was to record their memories while the racers were still around to recount them. Sykes, also author of Maglia Rosa, did a great job translating them into English, then putting them into writing.
The 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.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen coppi 9. Juli 2013
Von mprox34 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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it's an interesting book with outstanding photo's of day's gone by; more about other less known riders than of coppi himself, which is basically what the author intended. it's worth buying if you enjoy cycling history and the numerous characters that made the so called golden era of the sport.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful book 4. Oktober 2013
Von B. Beattie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Interesting method of telling his story. Short essays of other pro riders of the day giving their personal take on the man. Lots of great photos. This book is HEAVY, as in weight. Pictures are not captioned, but connected to the essays. Well done.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Coppi, his contemporaries, and Bartali 11. April 2013
Von Jack Lundberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Great pictures. Interesting and unique way to put together a biography - by compiling the writings of
other cycling contemporaries of Coppi. I was disappointed to hear so many of those contemporaries
have critical thoughts about Gino Bartali however.
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