Great stories in a TLS roundup of two new books about the Tour de France. A sample:
In 1956, [Fiorenzo Magni] fell and, like [this year with Bradley] Wiggins, broke his collarbone, but decided to carry on after putting “some rubber sponge on the handlebars”. Later, on an uphill time trial, as Magni explained, “the pain was too much”, so he had a piece of inner tube tied to his handlebars and bit down on it as he rode. Falling again, he broke his upper arm. But he finished the race, second only to Charly Gaul, a Luxembourgeois who had won a mountain stage in the snow, delirious with cold and fatigue.