Ú Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) º having read other books by Fotheringham on Simpson then Mercyxx I was disapponted by this book He somehow seems to have lost the passion or the topic just became too difficult for him Coppi is a complicated character who had a interesting life There is almost two stories here the cyclist, the man outside cycling Both to me very interesting but Fotheringham fails to to bring them together in a cogent whole I will be looking elsewher maybe Sykes for another rendition of the life of one of the 2 great cyclists of the road Also disappointing left out was his cycling palmares it would have been nice having a list of his achievements somewhere which, in a fashion, Fotheringham did for Mercyxx I wish Jean Bobet had written this book after reading his cycling books both highly recommended you know he would have done it better.
The Most Popular Italian Sportsman Of The Twentieth Century, Fausto Angelo Coppi Was The Campionissimo Champion Of Champions The Greatest Cyclist Of The Immediate Post War Years, He Was The First Man To Win Cycling S Great Double, The Tour De France And Tour Of Italy In The Same Year And He Did It Twice He Achieved Mythical Status For His Crushing Solo Victories, World Titles And World Records But His Significance Extends Far Beyond His Sport Coppi S Scandalous Divorce And Controversial Ý Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) Ã Download by ☆ William Fotheringham Early Death Convulsed A Conservative, Staunchly Roman Catholic Italy In The S At A Time When Adultery Was Still Illegal, Coppi And His Lover Were Dragged From Their Bed In The Middle Of The Night, Excommunicated And Forced To Face A Clamorous Legal Battle The Ramifications Of This Case Are Still Being Felt TodayIn Fallen Angel, Acclaimed Cycling Biographer, William Fotheringham, Tells The Tragic Story Of Coppi S Life And Death Of How A Man Who Became The Symbol Of A Nation S Rebirth After The Disasters Of War Died Reviled And Heartbroken Told With Insight And Intelligence, This Is A Unique Portrait Of Italy And Italian Sport At A Time Of Tumultuous Change Fotheringham has written a brilliant book He has written three in fact This is the best, I think, which says a lot Historically and biographically this is incredible stuff Seen in the wider context of the defining moments of the the 21st century, WWII for instance, the reader better understands the deeper international rivalries within the sport So too some of the peculiar national character of Italy The magnifying glass is focused on Coppi but also on many of the figures around him So we come away not only understanding the significance of the cyclist but also the sport and to an extent humanity itself.
Fausto Coppi is a cycling icon and icon of Italian sports, he might even still be the most famous sportsman of Italy and one might reflect, why is this so This book details Coppi s life, dispelling rumors such as he was an atheist or agnostic and from what I can tell, that is not true and further relates much about his relationship to another legend of Italian cycling, Gino Bartali as well as needless to say, the sad last days of his life where perhaps he could have been saved but the doctors were not sure what was wrong with him I d think anyone who is interested in Italy and even post War Italy in particular would find this book to be of interest It s probably among the top 5 English language cycling books ever as well.
If you don t read Italian your sources of a general history of Coppi are limited If you would like a pretty good cyclist s perspective on Coppi I think thisthan does the trick It has a lot of historical information as well as the commentary of contemporaries On the other hand, and this may simply be my issue with Fotheringham s writing style as I have seen it in other writings by Fotheringham, it can, in sections, be lacking in detail, disjointed and repetitive Is it encyclopedic and footnoted to the nth degree No But I didn t want an encyclopedia I wanted the story of Fausto To a certain extent reading this was comfortable, like being back in my early days at the bike shop listening to the old guys talk about the past stars of cycling It is well worth reading and as a si
In any event, I thought it was okay but certainly not as fascinating as that of McConnon s Road To Valor , the story of Italian cyclist Gino Bartali.