Miguel Indurain is Spain's greatest cyclist of all time. He is the only bike rider to have won five successive Tours de France, as well as holding the title for the youngest ever race leader in the Tour of Spain. This is his story.
As the all-conquering hero of the 90s, Indurain steadfastly refused to be overwhelmed by fame; remaining true to his country roots. Along with his superhuman calmness, iron will-power and superb bike handling skills, he was often described as a machine. Yet 1996 saw Indurain, the Tour's greatest champion, spectacularly plummet, bringing his career to an abrupt end.
In Indurain, Alasdair Fotheringham gets to the heart of this enigmatic character, reliving his historic accomplishments in vivid detail, and exploring how this shaped the direction of Spanish cycling. Alasdair has interviewed family, teammates, coaches and rivals, including Pedro Delgado, Prudencio Indurain and Manolo Saiz to create the definitive account of Indurain's career.
Alasdair Fotheringham is a freelance journalist and writer based in Spain. He writes regularly on cycling for the 'I', The Independent.co.uk, The Express, ProCycling and Cyclingnews. He has been reporting on the Tour de France and other top road cycling events since 1992. His first book was The Eagle of Toledo, a biography of cycling's greatest ever climber, Federico MartYn Bahamontes. He has also written Reckless, a biography of the ill-fated Luis Oca a, the 1973 Tour winner and considered Eddy Merck's top Grand Tour rival, and The End of the Road, an account of the 1998 Tour de France.