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Tom Simpson, Cycling Legends
More than 50 years after his death in the 1967 Tour de France, Tom Simpson is still Britain’s best ever single-day race rider. No British cyclist has a better record in the classics and the men’s elite world road race championships than Tom Simpson. He was the first British cyclist to win one of the five races called the monuments. Mark Cavendish is the only other British cyclist to have won one, but where Cavendish hasn’t repeated his 2009 Milan-San Remo victory in any other monument, Simpson won three; the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia.
Simpson and Cavendish are the only two British riders ever to have won the men’s elite world road race championships. Simpson also finished in the top five in every classic race but one during his career, and he won Bordeaux-Paris, a race no longer on the calendar but a classic in the 1960s.
Cycling Legends 01 Tom Simpson is an intimate portrait and a celebration of Tom Simpson’s life told in unprecedented detail by his family, friends, rivals, team-mates and managers. The book is lavishly illustrated with many rare and previously unpublished black and white and coloured photographs that work with the text to tell Tom Simpson’s story in greater detail than it has ever been told before.