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A well researched and written story of the epic, iconic, and tragic life of Il Campionissimo It is the enthralling story of Fausto Coppi s rise from humble beginnings to the premier sports legend of his time and father of European bike racing to his tragic, phsyical and moral decline and untimely death His life gripped and defined the Italians of his time and his unique physical prowess and larger than life personality have made him a legend that lives on Coppi s example is the epitome of mas A well researched and written story of the epic, iconic, and tragic life of Il Campionissimo It is the enthralling story of Fausto Coppi s rise from humble beginnings to the premier sports legend of his time and father of European bike racing to his tragic, phsyical and moral decline and untimely death His life gripped and defined the Italians of his time and his unique physical prowess and larger than life personality have made him a legend that lives on Coppi s example is the epitome of mastery and dominance of a sport A great companion to The Road to War, the history of Coppii s renown rival Gino Bartali This was an interesting, engaging read about the life of Fausto Coppi, clearly told by an expert.An over reliance on the humble semi colon put a dampener on the book a little, as did the author s tendency to jump forwards and backwards in time for certain passages causing something akin to spoilers for those of us who don t already know everything about Coppi s life and races.Still, great to read the fascinating story behind a cycling legend. The Passion of Fausto Coppi is a fitting title for a book telling the life story of one cycling s true legends While it was a story I was already familiar with most notable thanks to Pedalare Pedalare by John Foot , William Fotheringham does an excellent job of telling the story of Fausto Coppi s life without getting caught up in all the drama and speculation that still surrounds it to this day The real highlight of the book is how Fotheringham manages to give Coppi a real character, one th The Passion of Fausto Coppi is a fitting title for a book telling the life story of one cycling s true legends While it was a story I was already familiar with most notable thanks to Pedalare Pedalare by John Foot , William Fotheringham does an excellent job of telling the story of Fausto Coppi s life without getting caught up in all the drama and speculation that still surrounds it to this day The real highlight of the book is how Fotheringham manages to give Coppi a real character, one that is a determined cyclist who trained and prepared for races in a way which would be recognisable to modern professionals, but who struggled through his entire career with mental fragility All that is captured with an easy to read style that doesn t distract from the story being told.Even with the events in the book happening long before my time, reading about the rise to greatest and the subsequent decline and tragic death of Fausto Coppi still managed to have a good pull at my heart strings.Well worth a read for any fan of cycling, or anyone interested in sporting history Fausto Coppi was truly one of the greats Coppi il mito Although I was aware of Coppi from a very early age I was not aware of the enormity of his reputation Italians still rate him their finest athlete 50 years after his death.This is an easy book to read but I suppose it would be of limited interest to non cyclists.The crux of the book is not,surprisingly, his exploits and achievements as a cyclist but his adulterous relationship with a female fan Amazingly he finished up in court as adultery in Italy was still illegal this law was not repealed Although I was aware of Coppi from a very early age I was not aware of the enormity of his reputation Italians still rate him their finest athlete 50 years after his death.This is an easy book to read but I suppose it would be of limited interest to non cyclists.The crux of the book is not,surprisingly, his exploits and achievements as a cyclist but his adulterous relationship with a female fan Amazingly he finished up in court as adultery in Italy was still illegal this law was not repealed until 1968 Controversy dogged his whole life and his tragic early death at the age of 40 is still seen by some as murder or manslaughter.I recommend this book mainly because of Fotheringham s easy style.I have also read his book on the death of Tom Simpson which is also a good read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book was well written and well researched The story of Coppi is an interesting one with similarities to his compatriot and great rival Gino Bartali who I read about In Road to Valor recently but with this book being my reference point, I was disappointed at times with Fallen Angel.Like Bartali, he grew up as a peasant and became a national icon for his exploits on a bike Both had careers greatly effected by WW2 and both lost their brother team mate in a crashes during their careers but The book was well written and well researched The story of Coppi is an interesting one with similarities to his compatriot and great rival Gino Bartali who I read about In Road to Valor recently but with this book being my reference point, I was disappointed at times with Fallen Angel.Like Bartali, he grew up as a peasant and became a national icon for his exploits on a bike Both had careers greatly effected by WW2 and both lost their brother team mate in a crashes during their careers but this is where the comparison ends.Bartali however was a war time hero and risked his life saving Italian Jews whereas Coppi saw very little service and caught malaria in a POW camp and the deaths of their siblings brought out different emotions Bartali built a chapel shrine to his and Coppi became an impossible team mate.Bartali and Coppi often refused to ride together for most of their careers but when Bartali aged he frequently helped Coppi where as the latter destroyed young up coming team mates careers if they threatened his own Loretto Petrucci.Basically, I just didn t like Coppi so much Especially after reading Road to Valor I did however enjoy reading about his training rides, his Milan San Remo exploits and his legendary trainer but towards the end of the book I was pleased to read of his former team mates victory over him in the Giro do Lombardi Nino de Fillipis after his lover had given him a rude gesture I think that sums it up really a very interesting read on one of the greats of the sport of cycling.I found it fascinating and Fotheringham s writing was excellent A moving and detailed history of the life of the Italian cyclist I took my time reading it, as I enjoy Fotheringham s style of writing and wanted it to continue as long as possible Even though I knew how Coppi s life ended, I found myself feeling intense frustration at the seeming ineptitude of the physicians in charge of his care in his final days.The tales of his childhood and his close relationship with his brother, Serse, were particularly moving and quite revealing of Coppi s character A A moving and detailed history of the life of the Italian cyclist I took my time reading it, as I enjoy Fotheringham s style of writing and wanted it to continue as long as possible Even though I knew how Coppi s life ended, I found myself feeling intense frustration at the seeming ineptitude of the physicians in charge of his care in his final days.The tales of his childhood and his close relationship with his brother, Serse, were particularly moving and quite revealing of Coppi s character At times I wished Fotheringham had considered writing a fictional account of il Campionissimo s life, because I believe he could do such a story justice As with his book about Tom Simpson, Fotheringham brings a freshness and even an urgency to Coppi s story, which had me turning pages in rapid succession to readand.I recommend this book highly to anyone looking to learnabout Fausto Coppi, his life and his loves Fotheringham described by another writer as the monk of cycle journalism has really captured the aura that surrounds the god like Coppi He came at a time when the newly reformed ITALIA was recovering from the beating they took in the War Coppi did his time in the army andcame out with a determination to make his career a total success making up for the years that was stolen from him due to the war.He rose to dizzying heights and when the rode rose up he took flight.But the fall was a Fotheringham described by another writer as the monk of cycle journalism has really captured the aura that surrounds the god like Coppi He came at a time when the newly reformed ITALIA was recovering from the beating they took in the War Coppi did his time in the army andcame out with a determination to make his career a total success making up for the years that was stolen from him due to the war.He rose to dizzying heights and when the rode rose up he took flight.But the fall was almost as fast His affair with the Lady in White, his separation from his wife, the tragedy of the cycling death of his brother, all lead to a decline, and finally his early death enshrined the legend At his height, Fausto Angelo Coppi, was the best cyclist in the world He shot to fame after he won the Giro d Italia at the age of 20 in 1940, something that some though was impossible for someone so young After war service he resumed his cycling career and in 1949 he was the first to win the Tour de France and Giro d Italia in the same year In 1952 he became the second person to win both again These victories in the grand tours and the one day classics were riden on roads that would nowaday At his height, Fausto Angelo Coppi, was the best cyclist in the world He shot to fame after he won the Giro d Italia at the age of 20 in 1940, something that some though was impossible for someone so young After war service he resumed his cycling career and in 1949 he was the first to win the Tour de France and Giro d Italia in the same year In 1952 he became the second person to win both again These victories in the grand tours and the one day classics were riden on roads that would nowadays be suited to mountain bikes He had an epic rivalry with the worlds other top cyclist, the Italian Gino Bartali, as they swapped places and titles No wonder he was called campionissimo champion of champions.But there was another side to his life In the mid 20th century adultery was illegal in Italy, a law controlled and enforced by the catholic church His friendship with Giulia Occhini, sometimes known as The White Lady, became muchAs they were both married with children, the authorities took a dim view of this They were both dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, excommunicated and imprisoned and were the focus of a huge legal battle at the time of huge social changes in Italian society.Coppi had always been one of the legends of the sport, and Fotheringham has written a carefully considered biography of him It is a celebration of his cycling achievements and a considered account of his failings and tragic early end of his life One for the true cycling buff though ^FREE DOWNLOAD ✙ Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi ☛ The great cyclist of the postwar years Coppi s scandalous divorce and controversial death convulsed Italy in the s Fallen Angel tells the tragic story of the man who became Italy s symbol of rebirth after the disasters of war, yet died reviled and heartbroken