SPECIAL OFFERS FROM SPORT AND PUBLICITY. A FINE BOOK ON THE TRAGIC CHAMPION MARCO PANTANI THE FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND PAINTS THE TRUE PICTURE OF THIS ENIGMATIC CYCLING SUPERSTAR’S SENSATIONAL BUT TRAGIC LIFE AND CAREER. Marco Pantani: "The Legend of a Tragic Champion", edited by John Wilcockson. CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Pier Bergonzi ,Sergio Meri ,Michel Beuret & Marco’s girlfriend Christina Jonsson.184 pages , many Photo’s (COLOUR & B&W pics) many by Graham Watson. Paperback.PRICE 12.99 +2.00.
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Marco Pantani, Italy’s most celebrated cyclist of recent years, died alone on Valentine’s Day in a hotel called The Rose, just one month after his 34th birthday due to a massive overdose of cocaine. It was a sad and shocking ending for this great champion who had reached the highest levels of athletic achievement in 1998 when he won the Tour de France and the Tour of Italy in the same year, an achievement only equaled by some of the greatest names in cycle racing.
Pantani also twice defeated Lance Armstrong in mountaintop stages of the 2000 Tour de France. He scared the previous Tour winner with his relentless attacking style.1999 Tour Champion Lance Armstrong was stunned by his remarkable comeback which had yet again seen Pantani rise from life-threatening injuries and drug scandals to the heights of success yet again, alas not for long. However the dark side of his comeback didn’t come to light until much later.The accusations of cheating, although unproven but very possibly justified , had a profound effect on his career and his mental stability.
But in all honesty, as today, it was just a sign of our times. Pantani’s position as far as doping was concerned , was the same as many others at the time and even now : "Keep a level playing field". But when Pantani like a lot of other champions got involved in the drug culture of professional athletics the final result was to be the undoing of him .It was to become the beginning of the end . However, perhaps more relevantly, after he embraced a lot of today’s societies unfortunate absorption with ‘ recreational drugs ’, he plummeted from the heights of stardom to the utter depths of depression. and finally death.
Now, for the first time, the full story of Pantani’s sparkling career and terrible fall is told, including an intimate interview—never before published in English—with Pantani’s girlfriend, Christina Jonsson, on the Italian star’s tragic final days.
In Marco Pantani: "The Legend of a Tragic Champion", editor John Wilcockson has compiled a memorable selection of contemporary articles, written by leading American and European sportswriters that creates a fitting tribute to one of cyclings brightest, saddest and most tumultuous stars.
 
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NEW: LANDSCAPES OF CYCLING BY GRAHAM WATSON For the first time in his 27-year career, premier cycling photographer Graham Watson shares his unprecedented collection of landscapes from around the globe in Landscapes of Cycling. Combining Watson’s passionate coverage of professional bicycle racing with his mastery of natural-light photography, Landscapes of Cycling is a visual feast for cycling enthusiasts and photography lovers alike.Bicycle racing is a fascinating, grueling, fast-paced, and colorful sport. Professional races take place in a spectacular locations all over the world-alongside sun-drenched fields, on twisted roadways overlooking the strikingly blue Mediterranean Sea, over snowy mountain passes, and down the ancient cobblestone streets of Belgian villages.Organized by season, Landscapes of Cycling features never-before-published panoramic photographs and a generous sampling of Graham Watson’s most famous scenic shots. With captions and commentary from the master himself, this landmark work belongs on the shelves of racing fans and photographers everywhere. LARGE COFFEE TABLE HARDBACK with dust jacket. 240 pp. 11" x 11". Over 150 color photographs, printed on glossy paper. Price reduced to 10.00 + 4.00 p&p

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 THE FANTASTIC Cycling Annual 2004. By Graham Watson, Roberto Bettini, and Pier Bergonzi. THE BOOK IS A LAVISH BY TWO THE WORLD’S RACE PHOTOGRAPHERS, THIS VOLUME CHRONICLES THE ENTIRE 2004 COMPETITIVE CYCLING SEASON FROM THE EARLY RACES INCLUDING THE MILAN – SAN REMO THROUGH TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & FINAL CLASSICS. A RESULTS SECTION LISTS TOP FINISHERS FOR MANY MAJOR EVENT’S TOGETHER WITH MANY OTHER UCI EUROPEAN AND WORLDWIDE ROAD RACES ALONG WITH PHOTOS OF MANY VICTORIOUS RIDERS CAUGHT AT THEIR MOMENT OF TRIUMPH. CAPTIONS ARE BY PIER BERGONZI, ONE OF ITALY’S MOST RENOWNED CYCLING JOURNALISTS. THIS IS A WONDERFUL RECAP ON ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING YEARS IN CYCLING IN RECENT MEMORY. APPROX 9. 5 "X 12 .75 ‘, 160 PAGES, OVER 200 COLOR PHOTOS. COFFEE TABLE HARDBACK FORMAT. GREAT VALUE AT ONLY 16.99+4.00 .


JUST IN: PATRICK SERCU THE MYSTERY. (DUTCH): The great Belgian writer & journalist Rik Vanwalleghem has produced a warm and very candid portrait of possibly the Worlds best ever track cyclist Patrick Sercu ,the son of former a fine professional road star Berten (Albert) Sercu. Patrick won an Olympic gold medal in TOKYO 1964 (KILO) ,after winning the World Sprint Championship the year before and the record of 88 Six-Day race victories . However Sercu also shined very brightly on the road .He won 13 stages in the Giro and wrote history in the Tour de France of 1974 by winning 3 stages and the Green Jersey. Not bad for a rider who initially made his name as a track sprinter. This wonderful book has two main parts. Part one that explains and explores the racing side of his fantastic career. The second paints a more intimate picture of his soul and the mind that produced such a great champion. However this irrelevant , (At the moment) if you cannot read Dutch, the only language this beautiful book is published. Hopefully this situation can be remedied the near future . We hope we can bring to you this book in English as we did the author’s fabulous book on Sercu’s great friend and sometimes team-mate the great Eddy Merckx, (published by Velo Press in arrangement with S&P)) when Rik wrote the ultimate book of the World’s greatest cycling star. Over 150 pictures many from a private archive and in hardback coffee table format together with his full palmares OF EVERY RACE HE RODE TRACK &ROAD, quite remarkable .!!!!!. Available at only 17.99 Special Offer mail order + P&P of 4.00 . Retail price 29.99.


THE ULTIMATE GREAT RIDE'S. AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF 292 PAGES OF THE GREATEST RIDES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. PROCYCLING'S REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR STEVE THOMAS PULLS THE BEST OF HIS FIVE YEARS' WORK FOR THE MAGAZINE IN TO THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND ESSENTIAL GUIDE BOOK EVER PRODUCED FOR THE ACTIVE CYCLIST. FEATURED RIDES FROM CUBA TO AUSTRALIA AND NORWAY TO THE USA THIS IS A MUST HAVE. ONLY: 9.99 POST FREE.