September 4th, 2004

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Peter Winnen – Van Santander naar Santander (04-041)

Peter Winnen – Van Santander naar Santander (04-041)

Number: 04-041
Title: Van Santander naar Santander
Author: Peter Winnen
Language: Dutch
Year: 2000
# Pages: 238 (7779)
Category: Sports (Cycling)
ISBN: 90-6005-609-4

Peter Winnen was a young and upcoming cyclist in the early eighties. Journalists soon found out that he was not your standard sportsman. This was a young man who actually knew how to produce a few sentences, even read books. Soon after that he also won the most famous mountain stage in the Tour de France. His life changed.

This book is a compilation of letters Winnen wrote throughout his career to Hans, a (imaginary?) friend. He turns out to be an incredible talent as an author as well. He is funny, laughing out loud funny sometimes even. He is a very good observer, he is honest.

At first I thought this book would be about a Vuelta, de Spanish major cycling event. It isn’t. It starts in Santander, 1978, where Winnen is still a young and promising amateur. In 1991 he ends his career in the same Spanish city, after he couldn’t finish a stage in the aforementioned Vuelta D’Espana.

Winnen tells about preparing before and after a race. Anything that isn’t on the doping list is allowed, therefore useful. The cycling world is full of traditions, Winnen likes some of them, ignores other completely. Winnen likes the world of cycling, but is not completely a part of it.

He is an author nowadays, writes columns, short stories and a regular guest on television as an expert on the subject. This book started this new career. It certainly deserves a translation, it is one of the best books on cycling I know and I have read dozens.
emu

Bram

TESTAMENT

Als ik dood ga, huil maar niet
ik ben niet echt dood moet je weten
het is de heimwee die ik achterliet,
dood ben ik pas als jij die bent vergeten.

En als ik dood ga, treur maar niet
ik ben niet echt weg moet je weten
het is het verlangen dat ik achterliet
dood ben ik pas als jij dat bent vergeten.

En als ik dood ga, huil maar niet
ik ben niet echt dood moet je weten
het is maar een lichaam dat ik achterliet
dood ben ik pas als jij mij bent vergeten
dood ben ik pas als jij mij bent vergeten.


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My football heroes (9), Diego Armando Maradona

My football heroes (9), Diego Armando Maradona

My first memory is the World Cup 1982 in Spain. I must have seen him before that, as I lived football in those days, in a rematch of the 1978 World Cup final, sometime in 1979. Some Dutch player, I believe Johnny Rep, still has the number 10 jersey at home, knowing in advance that he had played against a truly great player. During that 1982 world cup Maradona was due to help the team to another title, in the same time proving that Menotti made a mistake to leave the 17 year old youngster out of the squad that did win the title at home, glorified by the military junta at the time.

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