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Put Me Back On My Bike, In Search of Tom Simpson is a biography of Tom Simpson the British cyclist who died on Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. Tom Simpson, 1937 - 1967, was an Olympic medalist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey. And he is the stuff of legends. William Fotheringham writes for The Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. He wasnted to try to find out the truth about the man, about his career, about his death and the role of drugs in that death. And I think he was successul. Tom Simpson was a popular, but driven cyclist who knew he had to perform well in order to keep earning a living at a time when cycling only paid well for the top names and only if they rode a lot. In discussion with those that knew him and by additional research Fotheringham paints a picture that is believable and interesting. And he explains why amphetimine use contributed to Simpson's death. The books was published in 2002, after the Festina affair but before the Armstrong revelations and so has an interesting perspective on doping.