The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman - A Bone-Shaking Tour Through Cycling's Heartlands

Author(s): Harry Pearson


Cycling is wildly popular all over Belgium, but in the northern, Dutch-speaking half of the country it is part of the psyche. Tiny Flanders boasts a population of just 6 million, yet this small corner of northwest Europe has produced eight winners of the Tour de France, five times as many professional riders as Italy or Spain.

Blending reportage, interviews, observation, biography, and history, and written with affectionate humor by a committed Belgophile, The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman tells the story of Flanders' neurotic love affair with bike racing, from tough early heroes such as Jules Vanhevel--wounded by mortar fire in World War I and leading the world championship road race until he collided with a cow--to latter-day ironmen such as Tom Boonen, three-times winner of the Tour of Flanders and owner of a pet donkey named Kamiel.


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  • : 9781472945044
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Sport
  • : 0.01
  • : January 2019
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  • : books

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  • : 272
  • : 796.609493
  • : English
  • : Hardback
  • : Harry Pearson