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Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike Audiobook

Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike

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Publisher's Summary

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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    E. J. Fronczek 05-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A story of a man in love with his bike."

    I really like it. Great bike stories from a legend. He does not touch the doping subject at all, and generally this is not a controversial tale. Very well performed and it is a very entertaining listen. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse 05-27-16
    Jesse 05-27-16
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    "enjoyed it"

    Fun listen for a fat and slow weekend cyclist. You should pick it up soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bjørnar 02-15-16
    Bjørnar 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Spot on cyclist head"

    Funny and well written autobiografi.
    The story shows spot on the motivators for many profi.
    Sean pulls things to the outer limit, making it easy to understand the drive professionel riders need for such a lifestyle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joe barker 04-25-15
    joe barker 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love this his personality "

    great book enjoyed it thoroughly from beginning to end. mabey when he does actually retire he can write a sequill so we can hear the rest of the story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barnes,, United Kingdom
    11/8/14
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    "Laughably Poor Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the life story of an iconic racing cyclist and director sportif, was really interesting. Yates is really good (and knows it), but this didn't sound big-headed, and he appeared more than aware of his shortcomings as well as his assets.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The no-nonsense style of writing


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is a book with a very limited potential readership, i.e. cyclists or people interested in cycle racing. The publisher/actor (who knows who should take care of this?) had made absolutely no effort to research the pronunciation of the names of people, places and events. This is just sloppy and unprofessional and I would have felt short-changed had I paid full price for the audiobook. As it was, it was so bad that it became laughable and actually added a comedy dimension to the whole thing. If you're precious about this sort of thing, then this is definitely not the book for you.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the subject matter, this is a sub-standard product and the publishers should hang their heads in shame.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Girdler
    1/4/17
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    "Dishonest"

    Didn't mention his doping past once, quoted his mantra as being paid for an honest day's work. Conceited and self-congratulatory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn Belchamber
    7/29/17
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    "great"

    loved it. great insight into a legend of the sport and gives a few laughs along the way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/14/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. PROPER racing cyclist and distinguished DS. Today's peleton needs another Animal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Soden
    Glasgow
    5/10/17
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    "It's all about the rider"

    Very open and honest look into the career of a great old school cyclist. As with Chris Boardmans book this sets the scene on the British racing in the late 70s early 80s and painting an interesting account of what life is like after being a pro.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Mellor
    4/29/17
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    "Good listen"

    It's a good insight into one of British cyclings unsung heroes, firstly as a rider and then as a DS. Sean Yates comes across as down to earth and unaffected. Ok there might be the odd skeleton in his closet but we can only speculate. He's not apologetic in his praise for lance armstrong which many won't like but I don't think it detracts from his somewhat unusual personality.
    Clive mantle narrates brilliantly and really brings the book to life.
    A must for cycling fans in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S A Wallace BSc
    10/29/16
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    "Legend"

    Loved it..... very entertaining. Yates, Peiper and Millar. Great. Inspires me to train even more. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANDREW W.
    5/18/16
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    "If you know about cycling you will love this book."

    Probably the best cycling book I have ever read. couldn't stop listening totally enthralling from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rowan
    Dundee, Scotland
    3/25/16
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    "This one gets the maillot jaune"

    I've read a lot of cycling books but this one is my firm favourite. A witty, almost charming read, I enjoyed how Sean just says it like it is. I can still remember watching the TdF as a young thing and seeing him do his thing. His poster was on my wall! Well narrated, the voices and accents were great. Definitely a read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schnorb
    8/29/15
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    "this guy is a proper legend!"

    I loved this book, Sean Yates is a true legend, the narration is good, even the accents used for people from the continent are amusing, a great read/listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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