It's no fairytale - Book extract from 'Domestique' by Charly Wegelius

Wegelius' book charts the 'true life ups and downs' of a pro cyclist (Image credit: Ebury Press)

The following is an extract from ‘Domestique – The True Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Cyclist’ by Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam.

The book, published in 2013, focuses on Wegelius’ career, which was spent riding in the service of others. He started out as a professional with Mapei-QuickStep in 2000 and went on to ride for De Nardi, Liquigas, and Silence-Lotto, before ending a his career with lone campaign at United Healthcare in 2011.

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