Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France

Sex Lies and Handlebar Tape The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil the First Five Times Winner of the Tour de France Jacques Anquetil remains one of the most outstanding figures in the history of cycling He was the first man to the win the Tour de France five times the first to win all three grand tours the Tour de

  • Title: Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France
  • Author: Paul Howard
  • ISBN: 9781845963019
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jacques Anquetil remains one of the most outstanding figures in the history of cycling He was the first man to the win the Tour de France five times the first to win all three grand tours the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espa a, and Giro d Italia and the first to win both the Tour and Vuelta in the same year The fame Anquetil received for his cycling success was matchedJacques Anquetil remains one of the most outstanding figures in the history of cycling He was the first man to the win the Tour de France five times the first to win all three grand tours the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espa a, and Giro d Italia and the first to win both the Tour and Vuelta in the same year The fame Anquetil received for his cycling success was matched only by the infamy of his complex and unconventional private life As this engaging biography reveals, between his races Anquetil seduced his doctor s wife and acted as stepfather to her children before asking his stepdaughter to bear him a child He maintained a m nage trios with his wife and stepdaughter for several years until the threesome fell apart, after which in a bid to inspire jealousy in his two former lovers and encourage their return he seduced his stepson s ex wife and had a child with her Containing exclusive contributions from Anquetil s family, friends, teammates, and rivals, this engaging biography unveils the astounding public and private lives of one of cycling s greatest legends.

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    About “Paul Howard

    • Paul Howard

      Paul Howard is a journalist with The Irish Times on Saturday.Howard is best known as the author of the paper s Ross O Carroll Kelly columns and has written a series of books based on the the character of Ross.Howard is the former chief sportswriter for the Sunday Tribune, and a former Irish Sports Journalist of the Year He has written several nonfiction books, including The Joy, an account of life in Mountjoy Prison, The Gaffers Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team they Built, an account of the McCarthy Keane clash during the run up to the 2002 World Cup He also co authored Steve Collins autobiography , Celtic Warrior.Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.



    948 thoughts on “Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France

    • Brisk, abbreviated and somewhat misleading biographer of professional cyclist and curmudgeon, Jacques Anquetil, the first TdF 'Fiver'. Misleading in the sense that only 2 chapters - about an 8th of the book - explore his highly unconventional private life. (In sum: he nicked his first wife from his doctor, bore a child with her daughter - his stepdaughter - because his wife had sterilised herself before they met, then formed a relationship with his stepson's ex-partner. Which is to say, his wife [...]


    • Jacques Anquetil became a legend when he became the first rider to win the Tour de France five times. In doing so, he set a benchmark that was (to him) rather meaningless, just left it behind him as something for other cyclists to strive for. He could probably have won it six times, or even seven (as Lance Armstrong did, for a few years, anyhow). This book talks about the man and his considerable achievements on the bike, and the life he lived off it.He was a paradox: he pushed himself hard, but [...]


    • I so enjoyed this book, but I'm a rider and valued he history of the sport. Anquetil was an intriguing and unique character, not a model in many ways, but certainly interesting! Howard's treatment appears blanched, yet sympathetic. I think in the end Anquetil's physical and cycling achievements warrant the read and cover a multitude of sins; a very interesting read for fans and participants of the sport of cycling!


    • Fascinating subject, written eloquently. Who lives like this?! The story is outlandish, but apparently accurate. It appears to be well-researched. Accounts of racing were fun. While I respect the skill of the author, I found his style to present a rather laborious read. Like a flavourfull, if relatively tough steak. A pleasure to the taste, but difficult to digest.


    • A great book about one of the first "patrons" of the peloton from the golden age of cycling. This book is a must for Francophiles who are cycling fans. Anquetil was a true Gourmand who had the ability to convert cholesterol into the energy to win.


    • Before reading this book, I had little knowledge of Jacques Anquetil. I knew he was one of the greats of cycling, and I thought of him as a special hero within French cycling.Setting aside his personal life for the moment, let’s not forget how great a cyclist Anquetil really was. He was the first of the five time Tour de France winners, and he could arguably have won more. He won the Giro d’Italia twice and the Vuelta a Espana once. He once owned the hour record, won one of the classic “Mo [...]


    • Howard pulls off a remarkable feat in this book—he makes boring the life a five-time Tour de France winner who had an affair with his doctor's wife, married her, had a child by (and an affair for twelve years with) her daughter, and finally broke up his marriage by having an affair with his step-son’s ex-wife who he ultimately married. While the book is full of interesting facts and controversial topics, it fails to be compelling. The reason may be that the author does not do much in the way [...]


    • 3.5 Stars: A well-written biography of a flawed hero3.5 Stars. Not usually my kind of read, but I found myself drawn in to learn about the mettle & quirks that make up such a man. I would recommend this especially for cyclists or those interested in the history of cycling in Europe. There is less than I'd hoped about Anquetil's personal life and what led him to be the kind of man he was. However, I found the racing segments of his life (probably ~3/4 of the book) to be quite fascinating with [...]


    • This was more of a biography about the cyclist and what he accomplished than it was a story about the races and competition in the races. I like cycling stories that talk about the strategy within a race and how the racer felt as he was climbing the mountain or struggling to catch the group. Anquetil may have had a kind of messed up faimly life but it wasn't that fascinating.


    • Good read. I had no idea Anquetil lead such a sordid life. I would ideally not like to pass judgement but his 12 year affair with his hi step daughter condoned by his wife whom he left to marry his stepson's wife The author does a nice job of mixing cycling (my interest) with the life choices of Anquetil. The writing got dry at times and I found my self hoping it would wrap up. 3.5 stars.


    • I'm not sure how a story about one of the greatest cyclists of all time, with one of the most scandal filled personal lives, could come across as boring but credit to Paul Howard for making it so dull.


    • Maybe it should have been titled Handlebar Tape, Lies and Sex, since it was more about racing and racing rivalries than anything else. If the author is correct, Poulidor and Anquetil became card playing buddies after Anquetil retired from racing. Who knew?





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