Review: Sex, Lies & Handlebar Tape The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil by Paul Howard

A quick Monday morning book review for you, inspired by all the crazy stuff happening in yesterday’s Tour de France. This time it’s Jacques Anquetil under the microscope – the first five-time winner of the toughest of all races, who had an extraordinary personal life.

In fact, extraordinary might be an understatement.

Here’s just some of the bonkers stuff about Anquetil that Howard lists in the sleeve notes:

“He seduced and married his doctor’s wife, had a child with her daughter and then sustained a menage-a-trois with both wife and stepdaughter under the same roof for 12 years. When this ‘family’ eventually imploded, he attempted to inspire jealousy in his former lovers by having a child with his stepson’s ex-wife”

Did you read that twice just make sure you’d read it right?

See what I mean? Bonkers.


So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it? Know any other biographies that sound half as mad?

Let me know in the comments!


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