Sport & Publicity and Mousehold Press
announce the publication of
the life and death of Ireland’s first yellow jersey
by Graham Healy
with Richard Allchin
plus 12pp photographs
Forewords by Sean Kelly
and Pat McQuaid
£12.95 + £1.50 p&p*** £3.50 p&p Ireland & EU***£7.50 p&p World Wide
this time of year – a few weeks before the Tour de France – there is
usually a host of cycling books issued by the major publishers, some on
the Tour itself, others on related cycling subjects and biographies.
Our latest addition to these titles, a biography of Shay Elliott, the
first great Irish cycling star, has far greater significance for the
history of the Tour de France and cycle racing itself and is especially
relevant to the current success enjoyed by English speaking riders from
Great Britain, USA, Australia and of course Ireland. It
was Shay Elliott, together with Britain’s Brian Robinson, who
instigated the long but constant march towards the top of international
professional road racing by riders from the Englishspeaking world.
is a remarkable and eventually tragic story, which really should have
been told many years ago. “Shay Elliott: the life and death of Irelands
first Yellow Jersey” relates that story in detail, and provides a sharp
insight to his extraordinary legacy.
The year after Tom Simpson
became the first British rider to wear the race-leader’s yellow jersey
in the Tour de France, Shay repeated the feat for Ireland. And more so
– for not only did he take the jersey after winning the stage over the
legendary cobbled roads to Roubaix, but he retained it for three days
until, like Simpson, he lost it in the time trial.
Elliott was also
the first from the English speaking countries to win stages in the Giro
d’Italia and the Vuelta a España (a race in which he held the race
leadership for several days and finished on the podium in third place
overall) so becoming one of a mere handful of riders to have won stages
in all three Grand Tours.
A decade after his death Ireland
produced two exceptional riders, Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche, whose
achievements surpassed those of Shay Elliott, but Shay was the first,
and will always remain so.