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William Fotheringham (born 1965) is a sports writer specialising in cycling and rugby. As a newspaper journalist he writes for The Guardian.[1] Fotheringham was a features editor for Cycling Weekly, the features editor of Cycle Sport and co-founder of Procycling magazine.[1] He is a current writer for procycling Magazine.[2]

A graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in French, Russian and Italian, Fotheringham won the IPC Media Specialist Writer of the Year award in 1993 and 1998.[1]

He has been a racing cyclist for nearly 40 years.[2] He is described by Rapha as being "one of the finest writers in the ‘Pro Tour’ pressroom".[3]

His 2012 Eddy Merckx biography Half-Man, Half-Bike, was the first cycling title to achieve No1 status in the Sunday Times bestseller lists.

He is the brother of fellow cycling journalist Alasdair Fotheringham.[4]

His most recent books are Sunday in Hell, an account of how iconic director Jorgen Leth made the film of the same name about the 1976 Paris-Roubaix, and The Greatest, the Times and Life of Beryl Burton, a self-published venture.

Books by FotheringhamEdit

  • Cycle Racing: How to Train, Race and Win. A. & C. Black. 1996. ISBN 978-0-7136-4540-8.
  • Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson. Yellow Jersey Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-224-06186-5.
  • A Century of Cycling: The Classic Races and Legendary Champions. Motorbooks International. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7603-1553-8.
  • Fotheringham's Sporting Trivia. Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. 2003. ISBN 978-1-86074-510-2.
  • Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour de France. Yellow Jersey Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-224-07425-4.
  • Fotheringham's Sporting Pastimes. Robson Books Ltd. 2006. ISBN 978-1-86105-953-6.
  • Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi. Jonathan Cape. 2009. ISBN 978-0-224-07447-6.

As translatorEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Guardian contacts". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b "William Fotheringham". Rouleur Magazine.
  3. ^ "Rouleur Magazine". Rapha.
  4. ^ Cleverly, Ian (4 July 2012). "On the Shelf". Rouleur. Retrieved 16 April 2014.

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