23 Days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong's Record-breaking Tour de France Victory
For 23 days in July an enthralled global audience watched Lance Armstrong battle to win the 2004 Tour de France. His victory made history. For, in the 2004 Tour, Armstrong had pledged to do the unthinkable, to win a record-breaking sixth consecutive victory; a feat no one had achieved in the Tour's 100-year lifetime. But with stiff competition from Jan 'the Kaiser' Ullrich and others his success was by no means guaranteed. Armstrong admitted his 2003 performance was 'not acceptable' and that the gruelling cycling regime had taken a lot out of him.
The resulting 2004 Tour was absolutely riveting as, following a slow start, Armstrong bulldozed his way to the lead. But Armstrong is no stranger to single-minded determination. Although diagnosed with secondary cancer earlier in his career, it took only 518 days before he was back in the saddle. His turnaround revealed the mental resources which make him a cycling legend.
Veteran cycling reporter John Wilcockson's gripping account of the 2004 Tour focuses on just these sort of psychological and strategic dimensions. Using his intimate knowledge of the participants and interviews with the major players, Wilcockson tells the human side of the Tour from the perspective of the principal contenders. His vivid description of life inside the most challenging and popular sports event in the world draws on an unparalleled knowledge of the Tour.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wxllx - LibraryThing
Poorly written but thoroughly engaging for cycling fans. Despite the title, Wilcockson doesn't focus solely on Armstrong's 6th win. The book is peppered with humorous or exhilarating anecdotes of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jmcclain19 - LibraryThing
Complete blow by blow recap of the 2004 Tour de France. Insight into the ins and outs of riding a bike every day for a month amongst the World's best cyclists. Read full review
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