Herbie Sykes is a sports journalist, writer and historian. He is also the author of The Eagle of the Canavese, Maglia Rosa - Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d'Italia, and Coppi - Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo .
'so much more than a regular biography... [a] unique account of life behind the Iron Curtain when the Berlin Wall was up and the Cold War was at its chilliest' road.cc "gripping book was as unputdownable as the best espionage novels." Seven Day Cyclist "A fascinating tale" Bikes Etc "moving and enjoyable" The Observer "The story of Dieter Wiedemann is an intriguing tale, encompassing a potent combination of politics, sport, love and betrayal. Herbie Sykes impressively balances the political and the personal, making The Race Against the Stasi an enjoyable, compelling and highly recommended read." The View East "wonderful book" Huffington Post 'a window into a world that no longer exists but which conditioned the lives of millions of people... most definitely a book worth reading' The Jersey Pocket 'A hugely rewarding read and a tour de force of excellent journalism' -- Brendan Gallagher TourofBritain.co.uk 'more than the story of a cyclist, more than a story about cycling... it's the story of a man forgotten by history but who deserves to be remembered, not just for the life he lived, but for the way the story of that life has been told.' -- Feargal McKay Podium Cafe 'a great book that mixes a variety of source materials to tell the story of a cyclist... a story that deserves to be told' INRNG.com 'incredibly impressive... a monumental work of great credit to its author and principal subjects, in equal parts social and sporting history and may well be one of the finest books i have ever had the pleasure of reading.' The Washing Machine Post