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  • Excellent ... compulsive reading...redresses the balance with considerable literary style and panache.

    The Washing Machine Post
  • Don't be surprised if you fall in love with Max Leonard's book. A glorious celebration of coming last.

    Brendan Gallagher,
  • Thoughtful, properly researched and consistently entertaining

    Tim Moore
  • [A] lively account of largely forgotten men... It’s not easy to come up with an original angle on Le Tour, but with this rear view Leonard has managed the feat in style

    Simon Redfern, Independent on Sunday
  • Brilliant... The stories of the lanternes rouges that Leonard picks out have real value, because the race's rear view can tell you much more than the angle we're all familiar with

    Michael Hutchinson, Independent
  • Makes for oddly inspiring reading. There is an art to losing

    Jon Day, London Review of Books
  • An elegant book... Surprising and illuminating

    Ian Bell, Herald
  • This is a valuable book with some great stories. Deeply-researched and well-written, it’s an enjoyable read that shouldn’t be rushed

    The Inner Ring
  • Fascinating… Without losers, there are no winners

    London Cyclist
  • Thoughtful, witty

    Times Literary Supplement

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