• "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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