Vin Denson was a racing cyclist for almost half a century, and his
career ran the full cycle. He began as he ended - as a typical English
clubman, riding the weekly club time trial and strapping on a saddlebag
for the weekend hostal tour. In between were eight glorious years spent
as a professional on the Continent where he rode with and against the
very best riders of his era.
During that period he worked selflessly in the engine room of the
peloton; he was the original 'super domestique', and Jacques Anquetil
and Rik Van Looy thought the world of him, even if they showed their
gratitude in totally different ways. But he was also capable of winning
on his own account. In addition to many other successes, Vin was the
first Briton to win a stage of the Tour of Italy, and stages in the
tough Dunkirk 4-Day race . His victory in the Tour of Luxembourg made
him the first British winner of a professional European stage race.
'The Full Cycle' is a story of that remarkable career, it is also a story of loyalty, courage and friendship.
" This book is a long overdue account of the splendid career of a
'Gentle Giant' of the road whose passion for cycling has never died"
Phil Liggett, TV commentator
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