Most people will know David Byrne as the charismatic and even iconic gyrating oversize-suited frontman of pop music beat combo Talking Heads, but that particular image was a long time ago and he's so much more than that; composer, film-maker, photographer, artist and most relevantly here, keen bicycle rider and activist.
My heart sank and hit the cleats on my Sidis when I saw this. Here we go, a book full of “fashionable” types trying too hard in jeans two sizes too small and doing twicks on “fixies” claiming the genre as theirs. With spoke-cards. It's safe to assume that the words 'Fixed' and 'Culture' do not sit together easy with me. Never judge a book by its cover but judge a man by his preconceptions, as they may say.
Rather than just concentrate on the palmares of Italy's greatest cycling hero, greatest sporting hero even, William Fotheringham's new book, Fallen Angel tackles Fausto Coppi's whole life, a life seemingly dogged by tragedy and conflict, from being born into a poor farming family to his premature death from malaria 40 years later to give a broad understanding of the man, the legend, and the myth.