23 Days in July: Inside the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Victory

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Hachette Books, Jul 3, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 344 pages
Taking place over twenty-three days in July and across more than 2,100 miles of smooth blacktop, rough cobblestones, and punishing mountain terrain, the Tour de France is the most grueling sports event in the world. And in 2004, five-time champion Lance Armstrong set out to achieve what no other cyclist in the 100-year history of the race had ever done: win a sixth Tour de France.Armstrong had four serious challengers who wanted nothing more than to deny the man the French call Le Boss from achieving his goal. The major threat among them was the only other former Tour de France champion in last year's race, Germany's Jan Ullrich- The Kaiser. But when the race was over, Lance Armstrong once again wore the yellow jersey of victory.

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Title Page Dedication Introduction
Only 2107 Miles to
The Little Corporal
In the Trenches
The Yellow Jersey
Dangers in Angers
The Toughest
Cicada Country
Reflections on Le Tour
Resistance Fighters
Pilgrims and Legends
No More Gifts
Le Patron
Inspiration and Motivation

Testing Times
Traditions Culture and Beliefs
Road Trips
La France Profonde
Bastille Day Emotions
Where Eagles Soar
On the Elysian Fields
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John Wilcockson reported on his first Tour de France in 1968. He has written for Outside and Men's Journal and reported on major cycling events for NPR, the BBC World Service, and the New York Times. His many books include John Wilcockson's World of Cycling. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.Graham Watson has been covering the Tour de France since 1977. He lives near London.

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