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God is Dead


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The remarkable untold story of the mercurial cycling prodigy Frank Vandenbroucke, written by William Hill award-winning author Andy McGrath.

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Andy McGrath is the managing editor of Rouleur Magazine. Having previously worked at Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, he has also written on cycling for The Guardian and Financial Times. He is the co-author of Official Treasures of the Tour de France, has contributed chapters to several volumes of The Cycling Anthology, and is the author of Tom Simpson- Bird on the Wire, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017.


How doping killed cycling's 'golden boy'. A shocking, clear-sighted and sympathetic account of a talent destroyed by drugs. -- Melanie Reid * The Times *
'With his talent, Frank is the Johan Cruyff of cycling. He could win anything.' * Eddy Merckx *
A stunning biography of this troubled individual. 320 pages of brilliance. * Washing Machine Post *
Superb. A riveting, warts-an-all dive into a complex, deeply flawed rider and man during professional cycling's lowest ebb. * Cycling Plus *
Captures the charisma and chaos of Vandenbroucke's short life perfectly. * Cyclist *
Frank Vandenbroucke had the world at his pedals in the late 1990s ... but off [the bike] the Belgian lived in a soap opera, a mess of addictions, marital problems and, finally, death. McGrath is a sensitive yet compelling guide through this turbulence. -- Ben East * The Observer *
'I sometimes wonder if he was too intelligent to be a rider. He was a genius.' * Patrick Lefevere *
'In Belgium, we need heroes, examples. People who don't break, people who release us from our daily mediocrity. People who can fly, who do things that we cannot. VDB on the Saint-Nicolas.' * Matthias Declercq *
'Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke was one of the sport's greatest ever talents - a charismatic but hard-partying maverick who was nicknamed 'God' by his legions of fans. So how did he end up dead in a Senegal hotel room at the age of just 34? Andy McGrath tells his tragic story.' * The Daily Telegraph *
9/10 * Road.cc *
A cautionary tale. Gripping yet harrowing. * Bikeradar *
'He was shy and introverted, not the extrovert. We could think that he was macho, but he wanted to be loved.' * Jef Brouwers *
'People always love comeback stories. Because they recognise that in life, it's all about falling down and standing up.' * Steve De Wolf *
'A riveting, warts-an-all dive into a complex, deeply flawed rider and man' * Cycling Plus *
'McGrath covers the rise and fall of Frank Vandenbroucke with sensitivity and not sensationalism... from winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege to doping and addiction, suicide attempts, court appearances and his death, no stone is left unturned when delivering the truth about 'cycling's great wasted talent' * Cyclist *

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