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Three Weeks Eight Seconds

Author : Nige Tassell
ISBN : 9780857903440
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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'I was convinced deep inside that I could not lose. I could not see how it could happen' - Laurent Fignon 'I didn't think. I just rode' - Greg LeMond 'The finest cycle race I've ever seen' - Phil Liggett Veteran TV commentator Phil Liggett is right. The 1989 Tour de France is surely the greatest ever, a race that saw Greg LeMond overturn a 50-second deficit to Laurent Fignon on the final stage on the Champs Elysees to snatch the title by a mere eight seconds. After three weeks and more than 2,000 miles in the saddle, this remains the smallest margin of victory in the Tour's 100+ year history. But as dramatic as that Sunday afternoon on the streets of Paris was, the race wasn't just about that one time-trial. During the previous fortnight, the leader's yellow jersey had swapped back and forth between LeMond and Fignon in a titanic struggle for supremacy, a battle with more twists and turns than the maziest Alpine mountain pass. At no point during the entire three weeks were the pair separated by more than 53 seconds. And all this despite LeMond's body still carrying more than 30 shotgun pellets after a shooting accident two years previously. In Three Weeks, Eight Seconds, Nige Tassell brings one of cycling's most astonishing stories to life, examining that extraordinary race in all its multifaceted glory, with fresh first-hand testimony from riders, team bosses, commentators, journalists and family members. Among those offering exclusive new insight are Team LeMond, Pedro Delgado, Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, Bjarne Riis, Andy Hampsten, Raul Alcala, Charly Mottet, Sean Yates and many more. Adrenaline and agony. Controversy and conflict. Torment and triumph. All human life is here.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Boot Sale

Author : Nige Tassell
ISBN : 9781473559950
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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For football fans who hungrily feed on gossip and rumour, Christmas comes twice a year – once in August and again in January. These are the months when the transfer window dominates thoughts, when the prospect of a new signing or two reinvigorates the hopes and dreams of the hopelessly devoted. Nige Tassell goes behind the scenes to observe the workings of the transfer window and to examine why it continues to hold such fascination for a nation of football lovers. He speaks to players, managers, chairmen, agents, scouts, analysts, fans, journalists, broadcasters and even bookmakers to hear how they survive – and possibly prosper from – these red-letter months in the football calendar. Completely up to date to include key action from the 2018/19 transfer window. Nobody writes about football like Nige Tassell: poignant, funny, nostalgic and reminds us why we love the game.
Category: Sports & Recreation

100 Greatest Cycling Climbs

Author : Simon Warren
ISBN : 9781781010174
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Cycling is Britain’ s biggest boom sport and nowhere is the boom more evident than on the road: once seen as the preserve of serious racers, the road bike has recently found a new lease of life due to the popularity of challenge rides and Sportives. It is now possible for cyclists of all abilities to ride a well marked, well marshalled event just about any weekend of the year, usually based around one, two or sometimes as many as ten fearsome hills. For the first time, here is a pocket-sized guide to the 100 greatest climbs in the land, the building blocks for these rides, written by a cyclist for cyclists. From lung busting city centre cobbles to leg breaking windswept mountain passes, this guide locates the roads that have tested riders for generations and worked their way into cycling folklore. Whether you’ re a leisure cyclist looking for a challenge or an elite athlete trying to break records stick this book in your pocket and head for the hills. To watch a video of Simon Warren in action click here
Category: Sports & Recreation

Land Of Second Chances

Author : Tim Lewis
ISBN : 9781446485064
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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** Winner of the British Sports Book Awards 2014 New Writer of the Year ** Where there is hope there can be redemption. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Adrien was seven years old when he lost his family in the 1994 genocide that tore Rwanda apart. Almost twenty years later he has a shot at representing his country at the Olympics. Meet Jock Boyer, the coach of Team Rwanda. One of the top American cyclists of all time, Jock recognises the innate talent for endurance that the Rwandans possess. A man with a dark past, Jock is in need of a second chance. Meet Tom Ritchey, the visionary inventor of the mountain bike and the U.S. money man looking to recover from a profound personal crisis. In The Land of Second Chances, Tim Lewis charts the incredible true story of the Rwandan cycling team as they overcome impossible odds to inspire a nation.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : Bruce Madej
ISBN : 1571671153
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Year in and year out, the Wolverines have placed championship banner upon banner atop their record collection. The Wolverines have 47 national team championships, 281 Big Ten titles, more than 1,600 first team All-Americans, nearly 1,300 individual Big Ten champions, and the list goes on. While many schools note periods of success, the U-M has made winning a way of life, emerging from the battles victorious more than 10,000 times. This great tradition has been filled with notable names and spectacular performances.
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Set Apart From The Rest

Author : J.B. Morales
ISBN : 9781490862330
Genre : Fiction
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Everyone has an internal struggle, and everyone struggles with faith. Jim is no exception to this rule. Jim's problem is that he is an atheist and has no room for a god. He is a regular American and is struggling as it is to make it. God sends angels disguised as people to get his attention. Fed up with his life, he attempts to disregard them. He seems to accept his newfound faith but is continually tested by supernatural forces. Jim even catches the attention of the antichrist, not to mention Satan himself. As if his personal struggle was not enough, he has to worry about what plans Satan has for his friends. Each victory seems to have a negative relapse. Realistic dreams of rapture and the apocalypse haunt him during his sleep. During his time awake he has visions of heaven and even a glimpse of the future. Can this newly found Christian remain vigilant in his walk, or will his faith fade to the wayside? Can he hold onto the truth, or will he follow the traditions of man? Little does Jim know, God has a much bigger plan for his life. He has to do the impossible--battle against Satan and his army of darkness--with little more than the word of God.
Category: Fiction

Positively False

Author : Floyd Landis
ISBN : 9781416950233
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A sports memoir by the American cyclist whose 2006 victory in the Tour de France was stripped due to allegations of doping sets out to clear his name by furnishing irrefutable evidence to prove his innocence, in a critique of the governing bodies of cycli
Category: Biography & Autobiography

True Blue

Author : Carm Cozza
ISBN : 0300080999
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A college football coach looks back on his years at Yale, including championship seasons, key rivalries, and former players, including fourteen who ended up in the NFL
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Author : Cecil Clutton
ISBN : UOM:39015013918944
Genre : Clocks and watches
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Category: Clocks and watches


Author : David Torrance
ISBN : 9780857901019
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A masterful work with intricate research' - Dorothy-Grace Elder, Scottish Review 'Torrance is an industrious historian and an assiduous biographer' - The Herald Alex Salmond is well known in Scotland, the UK and beyond as the leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland's First Minister, but relatively little is understood about Salmond as a human being, what makes him a Nationalist, what shaped his political views, and what sort of country he believes an independent Scotland can be. In this first biography, with which close colleagues and friends have co-operated, the acclaimed political biographer David Torrance turns his attention to perhaps one of the most capable and interesting politicians Scotland has produced in the last few decades. Utilising a raft of published and unpublished material, Torrance charts the life and career of Alex Salmond from his schooldays, his political activism at St Andrews University, his early career at the Royal Bank of Scotland, his election as the MP for Banff and Buchan and, in greater depth than ever before, his two spells as leader of the SNP and, from 2007, as First Minister of Scotland.
Category: Biography & Autobiography