Losers with Wings

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They told us winning would make us happy. But what if it didn't?

It’s the 1949 Giro d’Italia and Carla and Marco haven’t met yet, although they are both following their uncles around the Italian cycle stage race. Flashing past them are both champion cyclists fighting for the pink jersey and, at the back of the pack, two rookies competing in a tragicomic race for the black jersey, the one that goes to the rider who comes in… last.

  • In 19 stages, 30 chapters and 183 pages, readers will reach the same conclusions as Carla and Marco: it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, the most important thing is to know what you want and do your best to achieve it.

  • Cycling – Friendship – Competition – Equal Opportunities – Loyalty – Adventure.

  • Winner of the A caccia di storie award (“Story hunter”).


GENRE Coming of Age
FIRST PUBLISHER Piemme (Italy), 2019


Carlotta is a former boxer, a bit of a petrol head and a fanatic for technology. She also has a degree in Education Sciences. For years she edited books for primary schools and she founded the Scioglilibro Association to promote a love of reading. She loves drawing animals with biro pens, especially at meetings. Cartoons, meatballs, mashed potatoes and stories about big ideals are some of her favourite things.