Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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Lance Armstrong's War is the extraordinary story of greatness pushed to its limits; a vivid, behind-the-scenes portrait of perhaps the most accomplished athlete of our time as he vies for a historic sixth straight victory in the toughest sporting event on the planet. It is the true story of a superlative sports figure fighting on all fronts—made newly vulnerable by age, fate, fame, doping allegations, a painful divorce, and an unprecedented army of challengers—while mastering the exceedingly difficult trick of being Lance Armstrong, a combination of world-class athlete, celebrity, regular guy, and, for many Americans, secular saint.

With a new afterword by the author, featuring in-depth reporting on:

  • Armstrong's unprecedented seventh consecutive Tour de France victory
  • New blood doping allegations
  • Armstrong's continuing personal and legal battles, and his retirement

A fascinating journey through the little-known landscape of professional bike racing, Lance Armstrong's War provides a hugely insightful look into the often inspiring, always surprising core of a remarkable athlete and the world that shapes him.

  

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Readability is very nice. - Goodreads
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Of course, it also gave great insight on Armstrong. - Goodreads

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Interesting account of the 2004 cycling season. Decided to read this before reading Wheelmen. Coyle largely avoids the subject of Armstrong's possible doping--not surprising, since it was written with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin Metcalfe - Goodreads

Forgetting about the pervasive drug use that has finally been admitted to (by both the riders and the fans...) this book shows the level of dedication necessary to compete at the highest levels. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
1
HE OF THE DOUBLE DOOR
5
HARD BOYS
13
INSIDE THE VAULT
21
THE NICEST GUY
36
DR EVIL REVS THE MOTOR
45
ULLE AND VINO
56
THE Q FACTOR
65
ONE MINUTE FIFTYEIGHT SECONDS
188
TO THE EDGE
202
PROLOGUE
210
BELGIAN TOOTHPASTE
222
POINT OF STRESS
238
BURST
247
NORMALITY
260
ALPE DHUEZ
271

THE SPACESHIP VERSUS
80
ISLES OF THE DOGS
93
HAMILTONS SECRET
100
DR EVILS CHEESE
108
HOANOA
125
THE RIGHT BREAK
139
THE THIN BLUE LINE
148
THE BOOK OF FLOYD
157
ATTACKERS
168
THE CRUSADER
177
THE SOURCE
284
INTO THE LIGHT
294
DECEMBER
300
TRIAL
306
NUMBER 7
315
FIRST ATTACK
336
NOTES ON THE SPORT
363
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
373
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Daniel Coyle is the author of Hardball: A Season in the Projects and the novel Waking Samuel. He is a former editor at Outside and a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Alaska with his wife, Jen, and their four children.

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