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Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike | [Sean Yates]

Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike

Before Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. Behind Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. One of only five Britons to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Sean Yates burst onto the cycling scene as the rawest pure talent this country has ever seen. After turning professional at the age of 22, he soon became known as a die-hard domestique, putting his body on the line for his teammates.
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Before Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. Behind Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates.

One of only five Britons to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Sean Yates burst onto the cycling scene as the rawest pure talent this country has ever seen. After turning professional at the age of 22, he soon became known as a die-hard domestique, putting his body on the line for his teammates.

Devastatingly fast, powerful and a fearless competitor, Yates won a stage of the Tour, as well as the Vuelta a España, in 1988, and went on to don the coveted maillot jaune six years later. Having put British cycling on the map as a rider, Yates was soon in demand as a directeur sportif, using his tactical knowledge to inspire a new generation of cyclists to success. And after Team Sky came calling, Yates was the man to design the brilliant plan that saw Sky demolish the opposition in 2012, and for Bradley Wiggins to become the first cyclist from these shores to win the Tour.

Straight-talking, entertaining and revelatory, It's All About the Bike is the story of a remarkable career told from the unique perspective of a man who is immersed in the history of the sport he loves.

©2013 Sean Yates (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

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  • Peter
    7/7/14
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    "An authentic look inside cycling"
    What did you like most about Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike?

    His introduction to cycling and growing into a neo-pro and then full pro. The back stories regarding Lance Armstrong et al or course and just the refreshingly straightforward way all of this is put over. Many of my cycling friends had perceived ideas about Sean, but I feel I have a better understanding of what makes him tick, and I'm impressed. Chapeau to you Sean.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't. It's essential that what and how Sean puts this over is left to speak for itself.


    What does Clive Mantle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reading of this is vitally important. Sometimes you forget this is Clive reading Sean's book and think it's Sean speaking. What more can I say, great effort Clive and it definitely enhances the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The bit where he say's the Liege Bastogne Liege - 'well that a b*$t*rd of a race, got half way round, climbed off my bike and gave up'. For a Rouleur like Sean to admit this says something. And yes it is hard, I've done it myself - in 12 hrs rather than the 8hr the professionals take.


    Any additional comments?

    This has inspired me to read further cycling texts, which after all is the best testimony you can give a book like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Callaghan
    Linlithgow, UK
    12/4/13
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    "Entertaining Read"
    What did you like most about Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike?

    As a cycling fan who has followed the career of Sean Yates, his take on his own career was the main reason I bought the book and what I liked best about the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly liked the anecdotes of events that happened "behind the scenes" and away from the races.


    What does Clive Mantle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Clive Mantle's pronunciation of certain cycling related words (Johan Bruyneel and Liege-Bastogne-Liege for example) and his attempt at accents as a comical touch which adds to the entertaining stories


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    cumbria, United Kingdom
    10/1/13
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    "great story from a legend"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm a cycling fan and Yates fan so enjoyed it very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His willingness to suffer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    could have researched is pronunciation of names better, it was clear he is not a cycling fan.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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