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The Story of the Giro d'Italia

A Year-by-Year History of the Tour of Italy, Volume Two: 1971-2011
Available in print, eBook and audiobook versions

By Bill & Carol McGann

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Book description | Book video | Cover art

ISBN: 978-0984311798
Suggested print version retail price: $18.95
Kindle ebook: $5.95.
6 x 9 paperback, 314 pages
Publisher: McGann Publishing
Cover art

Get the book:

Amazon.com print, Kindle eBook and Audiobook
Amazon UK print
Amazon UK Kindle eBook
Audible audiobook
Barnes and Noble print
Powell's Books print
Books-a-Million print
Watermark Books and Cafe print
Indie Bound print (they'll set you up with a local book shop)

What they were saying about volume 1:

"Bill and Carol McGann had set a high standard with their compelling and authoritative Story of the Tour de France, and now they follow up with Le Tour’s inspired Italian offspring in The Story of the Giro d’Italia. In this Volume I covering the Giro’s debut in 1909 through 1970, this work of patient research, passionate writing, and insightful analysis lays out the struggles, battles, and rivalries in detail and sweep that have made Italy’s grand tour endure. And the American audience can read about Joseph Magnani―a native of LaSalle, Illinois―who rode in the 1946 Giro on the Olmo team and quietly made history as the first U.S. rider to compete in one of the grand tours in the era of dusty roads against Italy’s heroes Bartali and Coppi."

—Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport and Hearts of Lions. Mr. Nye is also a trustee of the US Bicycle Hall of Fame.


About the book:

The Giro d’Italia is one of the world’s most important and popular bicycle races, yet there is almost no information in English about this magical Italian race’s rich past. With “The Story of the Giro d’Italia”, the fabulous history of Italy’s national tour is at last available. Volume One took the story of the Giro from its origin as a desperate promotional gamble by a nearly broke newspaper to Eddy Merckx’s convincing 1970 victory.

Volume Two describes the growth of the Giro into a modern, vital international race that is followed by cycling fans all over the world. Along the way, the stories and races that have excited the public over the last forty years are told, including the Francesco Moser/Giuseppe Saronni rivalry, the tragic tale of Marco Pantani and the Alberto Contador affair that left the Spaniard stripped of his 2011 Giro championship.

About the authors:

Bill and Carol McGann have had their lives inextricably tied up with bicycles about as long as they can remember. Their first date was a bike ride. Bill, formerly a Category 1 racer, has been a contributor to several cycling magazines and is widely acknowledged as an expert on road bikes and cycling history. Since his father gave him a small 1-speed English lightweight bicycle when he was 5 years old, Bill has been in love with everything about bikes. Carol, a former college biology instructor is also an accomplished rider, having cycle-toured extensively. Today they own McGann Publishing, LLC, publishing and writing books about cycling history.


Video: Book trailer for Volume Two of The Story of the Giro d'Italia


Here's a bigger version of the cover art. The photo is from the 2005 Giro. It's stage 13, the Queen stage, or as the Italians call it, il tappone.

Giro story cover