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.
Illustrations are by Rupert Smissen, who has worked for clients including the Sunday Times and Little White Lies.
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.
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.
Cycling Stars is published by Laurence King priced at £8.95.