Lapize : Now there was an ace
Author - Jean Bobet, translated by Adam Berry
159 pages with 8 b+w pictures
Price : £12.95 + £1.00 p&p
Between 1910 & 2010 the Tourmalet has become a
legend and its hero was the Frenchman Octave Lapize, the first
rider over the summit uttering those immortal words to officials as he
walked towards the top of the Col d'Aubisque on the 326 klm
stage from Luchon to Bayonne "You're murderers!"
Lapize won the Tour that year but was also a fine all-rounder winning
the French Championship 3 times, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours,
Paris-Brussels, Brussels 6-day, cyclo cross events & motor-paced
races in a short career tragically ended in 1917 when he was shot
down in a dog-fight with a Gernam bi-place over northern France
and died from his injuries.
Lapize was the first French superstar whose bravery on and off the bike are chronicled by Jean Bobet, brother of 3 time Tour de France winner Louison whose other masterpiece 'Tomorrow we ride' is also available from Mousehold Press.