An illustrated guide to cycling stars

Cycling Stars – a new trump card release from Laurence King – lets you pit your cycling heroes up against each other with an illustrated range of cards.

Cycling Stars

Some 30 cycling stars – past and present – are ranked on the cards using criteria including climbing, sprinting, toughness and of course “panache”. Eddy Merckx, Marco Pantani and Miguel Indurain are all present and correct. Potentially controversially, so is self-confessed drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.

World War Two hero Gino Bartali
World War Two hero Gino Bartali

Illustrations are by Rupert Smissen, who has worked for clients including the Sunday Times and Little White Lies.

Lance Armstrong – surprisingly not ranked on "drug use"
Lance Armstrong – surprisingly not ranked on

Smissen has attempted to capture the essence of each cycling star, presenting a mud-covered Classic-riding Sean Kelly, Gino Bartali relaxing against his bike and Sir Bradley Wiggins saluting from his throne after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

Sir Bradley atop his golden throne
Sir Bradley atop his golden throne

The series is edited by Claire Beaumont, lead creative at bicycle manufacturer Condor, who provides write-ups and facts about each of the riders – such as that Gino Bartali helped Italian Jews escape persecution in World War Two by cycling towing a wagon with a concealed compartment over the Alps.

A mud-covered Sean Kelly
A mud-covered Sean Kelly

Cycling Stars is published by Laurence King priced at £8.95.

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