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Sex Lies and Handlebar Tape : The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil

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This is the astonishing biography of French cycling star Jacques Anquetil that pieces together  for the first time since his death in 1987  the story of his extraordinary life.  

On its own  Anquetil`s list of `firsts` makes him worthy of a place in the cycling pantheon: he was the first man to win the Tour de France five times; the first to win all three grand tours the Tour de France  Vuelta a Espana and Giro d`Italia; and the first to win both the Tour and Vuelta in the same year.  

As well as dealing with Anquetil`s considerable achievements as a cyclist  this book also explores his complex  unconventional and shocking private life. Among the many revelations  we learn how he seduced his doctor`s wife; how he acted as stepfather to her children before asking his stepdaughter to bear him a child; how  after his blood-daughter was born  he maintained a menage a trois with his wife and stepdaughter for several years in the same house until the `family` eventually fell apart; and how  in a bid to inspire jealousy in his two former lovers and encourage their return  he seduced his stepson`s ex-wife and had a child with her.  

Containing exclusive contributions from Anquetil`s family  friends  teammates and rivals  Sex  Lies and Handlebar Tape unveils the real truth about one of cycling`s great legends.
By: Paul Howard
Book: Paperback