Launched in November 2018, the world’s most compelling sport finally gets the chronicle it deserves. The Road Book is a landmark publication, containing a comprehensive review of the year’s racing, from the first World Tour race of the year (the Tour Down Under) to the last (the Tour of Guangxi).

The three Grand Tours, five Monuments and the World Championships all receive lavish attention, across one thousand original pages of reports and statistics, as do the UCI Women’s World Tour events. Other major races are also covered with an impressive array of data.

This was an extraordinary year. But in that regard, it was quite normal…

In his introduction, Editor Ned Boulting addresses the key issues facing this “beautiful and chaotic, captivating and maddening, thrilling and stultifying’ sport, and there is a wealth of exclusive essays from the cream of cycling writing:

  • Chad Haga on his Giro d’Italia

  • Harry Pearson on the mystery of Niki Terpstra

  • Philippa York on Geraint Thomas’ Cinderella Story

  • Morten Okbo on British dominance

  • Marianne Vos and Helen Pidd on Vos’ spectacular return to winning ways.

  • Tom Southam on the life of a directeur sportif.

Both a thrilling reminder of the crucial moments of the season just gone (just where was it that Simon Yates cracked? And who did Van Vleuten beat on the line?) and an indispensable companion to the season to come (which comes first: the Poggio or Cipressa?). The Road Book will enhance every serious fan’s enjoyment of the sport.

My greatest Grand Tour victory? I’m not sure that’s the right word. But it was my most ingenious. That was the moment of my season this year
— Chris Froome
But I knew, from training, that I could do as much if not more than Froomey. So I knew that if I could do that in training, why would it be any different in a race?
— Geraint Thomas