The Eagle of Toledo

The Eagle of Toledo The Life and Times of Federico Bahamontes

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Federico Martìn Bahamontes, the Eagle of Toledo, is rated by many as the greatest climber in cycling history. The first Spaniard to win the Tour de France and a six-time champion of the race’s gruelling King of the Mountains classification, he became a national hero in a Spain struggling to rebuild after the devastation and atrocities of the Civil War. Indeed, his success owed much to the conflict.

When the Nationalist rebellion of General Franco finally overran the democratically elected Republic in 1939, vast swathes of the country were left impoverished and desperate. On the verge of starvation, the young Bahamontes took to cycling as a means of running black market goods, before realising that sport offered a more lucrative future. An impressive amateur career followed, leading to his Tour debut in 1954, when he won the mountains competition on his first attempt.

Success and a charismatic, but temperamental, racing style brought him fame at home and abroad – as well as controversy. Today, despite his appropriation by the Franco regime, he remains the godfather of Spanish cycling and a sporting eccentric of phenomenal will power. He is also one of the few living witnesses to cycling’s golden age and – as Alasdair Fotheringham discovered when interviewing him for this compelling biography – he’s more than ready to tell the tale.

About the Publisher

Aurum Press

Aurum Press

Shortlisted this year for the Bookseller Industry Award for Independent Publisher of the Year, Aurum will publish gripping world WWII dramas like The Secret Listeners (McKay’s fascinating follow-up to last year’s bestseller) revealing biographies including Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall, The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen and the paperback edition of Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography (winner of the Wisden Book of the Year 2012 and The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year 2012 and shortlisted for both Cricket Book of the Year and New Writer of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards) and spectacular illustrated film books such as The Fairest One of All: The Making of Snow White.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845137007
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Imprint: Aurum Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 796.62092
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 510g
Height: 221mm
Width: 143mm
Spine width: 31mm