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Reckless
Author: Alasdair Fotheringham

ISBN: 9781408845905
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1 July 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6
Description:
The first biography of Luis Ocana, one of the greatest cyclists of the twentieth century whose rivalry with 'The Cannibal' Eddy Merckx is legendary.

Luis Oca.a seemed doomed to live in the shadow of cycling's greatest ever rider, Eddy Merckx - 'The Cannibal'. Their rivalry defined Oca.a's entire career, yet he was the one rider capable of beating the all-conquering Merckx in his prime. After an impoverished upbringing he flourished at the sport he loved and in 1970 secured his biggest victory on home soil, winning the Vuelta a Espa.a, and confirming his status as a Grand Tour challenger. But it was in the 1971 Tour de France that the battle between Merckx and Oca.a reached its peak when, at the Orci.res-Merlette stage, he inflicted on Merckx the worst defeat he would suffer in a major Tour, with an astonishing 120 kilometre solo breakaway through the Alps.

But then came one of most gut-wrenching crashes in Tour de France history when Oca.a fell heavily on a Pyrenean descent, losing his leader's jersey, and with it his best chance of destroying Merckx's reputation of invincibility. In the midst of a torrential downpour, with m...

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