Splendour and Suffering on the Giant of Provence


Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, is a legendary and extreme mountain climb. The terrible ascent of Ventoux's south side - famed for the death of Tom Simpson in the 1967 Tour - encapsulates both the gladiatorial brutality and epic beauty of this cruel sport, but also highlights cycling's ongiong battle to exorcise its demons.
     Revealing the little-known history of racing on Ventoux in races other than the Tour, Whittle tells the story of a special and extreme climb that has driven riders to near-hysteria and also to wild excesses of doping. In interviews with Chris Froome, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault, Dave Brailsford, Tyler Hamilton and many others, he explores the elemental fear of the Giant of Provence.
     The author, who spends some of his year living in the shadow of the Giant, also details the cycling paradise that Ventoux's foothills have now become, while also exploring the bloody history of plagues and world wars scattered across its lower slopes. Ventoux is a book that brings the reader close to the essence of what cycling is all about.
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471113024 | 
  • June 2017
List Price $13.99

About the Author

Jeremy Whittle

Jeremy Whittle is the author of numerous cycling books, including two that have been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Bad Blood and Racing Through the Dark. He is the cycling correspondent for The Times. He lives in Brighton and in Provence.