The killer mountain
When a torrid ascent of Ventoux’s southern face claimed the life of Tom Simpson during the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France, the Giant of Provence laid claim to the suffering – and the glory – of professional cycling.
Legendary among riders and fans of the sport for its unique topography, Mont Ventoux inspired award-winning cycling author Jeremy Whittle’s passion for cycling. This book is his ode to the mountain’s slopes, digging into its history and secrets, telling the tale of a giant which has seen frenzied fans at its roadsides as cycling’s elite go head to head in the pursuit of glory.
In conversations with Lance Armstrong, Nicole Cooke, Tyler Hamilton, Eddy Merckx, Tom Simpson’s daughter, Joanne, and more, Whittle finds out just what makes Ventoux so special.