Lance: The Making of the World's Greatest Champion (Google eBook)

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Da Capo Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Few people know exactly how lance Armstrong became such an amazing force in cycling. Now, in Lance, John Wilcockson draws on dozens of interviews with those who know Armstrong best, to trace his remarkable life, both on and off the bike.

Family members—including his adoptive father, speaking publicly for the first time—recall Armstrong’s humble origins, the father he barely knew, and his single mom’s struggle for survival. His childhood friends and early mentors recall how he also excelled at other sports, including swimming, running, and triathlons.

Known for pushing his body to the extreme and intimidating his rivals, Armstrong accomplished extraordinary feats like winning the world’s professional roadrace championship at twenty-one and taking home the Tour de France trophy seven consecutive years in a row. But his many achievements have consistently been dogged by allegations of doping and secrecy.

In Lance, Wilcockson provides numerous details, many for the first time, of how Armstrong’s legendary training, near-fatal bout with cancer, and battles with the media drove him to reach the pinnacle of his sport.

  

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Review: Lance: The Making of the World s Greatest Champion

User Review  - Andyreyem - Goodreads

Great insights into Armstrong and his life. Excellent personal reports by Wilcockson. I interviewed Wilcockson for dissertation. Very informative and interesting guy Read full review

Review: Lance: The Making of the World s Greatest Champion

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Interesting to read this after the fact as it were. It's clear that Armstrong had an incredible talent prior to the EPO. Taking this book in to consideration with other reports such as Kimmage's Rough ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

John Wilcockson has reported on the Tour de France for more than forty years. He is the author of 23 Days in July, among other books, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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