Description - Fallen Angel by William Fotheringham
Voted the most popular Italian sportsman of the 20th century, Fausto Angelo Coppi was the campionissimo champion of cycling champions. The greatest cyclist of the immediate postwar years, Coppi s scandalous divorce and controversial death convulsed Italy in the 1950s and were still making headlines half a century later. In Fallen Angel, William Fotheringham, author of the definitive biography of Tom Simpson, tells Coppi s story for the first time for an English-speaking audience. Coppi was the first man to win cycling s great double, the Tour de France and Tour of Italy in the same year and he did it twice. He achieved mythical status for his crushing solo victories, world titles and world records and universal public sympathy for his persistent ill-luck. His epic rivalry with Gino Bartali divided Italian opinion for a decade. But his significance extends far beyond his sport. Coppi s divorce remains a landmark case in Italy s shift away from the church. In the 1950s, adultery in Italy was still a criminal offence, punishable by up to a year in prison. Coppi and his lover, the White Lady Giulia Occhini, both married with children, were dragged from their bed in the middle
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(222mm x 139mm x 29mm)
Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Author Biography - William Fotheringham
William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. He is the author of a biography of Tom Simpson, Put Me Back on My Bike, which was acclaimed by Velo magazine as 'the best cycling biography ever written' and Roule Britannia- A History of Britons in the Tour de France.