Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour De France

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Harmony Books, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 300 pages
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Lance Armstrong is a worldwide icon, indisputably one of the greatest cyclists who has ever lived. After battling cancer and becoming an inspiration to millions, Armstrong won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years before retiring from competition in 2005.

Four years later, at thirty-seven, Armstrong decided to come out of retirement and go for the win yet again. He was racing for no salary, in a season when his greatest rival--Tour de France, Tour of Italy, and Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador--was on his own team. The twenty-five-year-old Spaniard had been handpicked by Armstrong's own mentor, Johan Bruyneel, to be his successor. Now he would be his fiercest competition. Armstrong was about to suffer like never before--and, for the first time in recent memory, appear to be human on a bicycle.

After seven Tour victories--and beating cancer--did Lance Armstrong really need to prove anything? Beyond the thrill of another possible victory, what drove him to race again? What was he seeking--and would he find it?

Cycling insider Bill Strickland had unprecedented access to Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and the team. He takes readers behind the scenes during the 2009 racing season and along for the ride on the Tour de France with a dramatic mile-by-mile account. Offering a penetrating and candid glimpse into the man behind the myth,Tour de Lancegoes beyond a single season or a single race to reveal the heart of the sport and the soul of the cyclist.

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Review: Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France

User Review  - Randall - Goodreads

An easy read - didn't really encounter many slow parts, but I'm a cycling enthusiast to begin with, so the more technical parts of the book didn't lose me. I enjoyed that the book wasn't merely an ... Read full review

Review: Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France

User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

I finally put this book down, with another 74-50 pages to go, after admitting to myself that I just don't care. This has nothing to do with the recent and ongoing scandals surrounding Armstrong, but ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Bill Strickland is the editor-at-large for Bicycling magazine and the author of Ten Points, We Might as Well Win (coauthored with JOhan Bruyneel), and The Quotable Cyclist. He has ridden and raced throughout Europe, Australia, and Africa, and he currently races for the amateur cycling team Hup United. He lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

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