The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France

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Atlantic Monthly Press, Jun 5, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
“Greg LeMond was Lance Armstrong before Lance Armstrong . . . the story of a true hero . . . This is a must read if you believe in miracles.”―John Feinstein, New York Times–bestselling author
In July 1986, Greg LeMond stunned the sporting world by becoming the first American to win the Tour de France, the world’s pre-eminent bicycle race, defeating French cycling legend Bernard Hinault. Nine months later, LeMond lay in a hospital bed, his life in peril after a hunting accident, his career as a bicycle racer seemingly over. And yet, barely two years after this crisis, LeMond mounted a comeback almost without parallel in professional sports. In summer 1989, he again won the Tour—arguably the world’s most grueling athletic contest—by the almost impossibly narrow margin of 8 seconds over another French legend, Laurent Fignon. It remains the closest Tour de France in history.
“[A] blend of chaos, kindness and cruelty typifies the scenes that journalist de Visé brings to life in this sympathetic-verging-on-reverential retelling of LeMond’s trailblazing career (first American to enter the tour, first to win it) . . . As an author in quest of his protagonist’s motivation, [de Visé] subjects it to extreme torque.”—The Washington Post
“A great book . . . Well written and thoroughly researched . . . Engrossing and hard to put down. If you’re a Greg LeMond fan, The Comeback is a must read because it’s a detailed accounting of his career and―more importantly―his life and person off the bike. It’s also an important reminder that American cycling did not begin and end with Lance Armstrong.”—PEZ

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User Review  - dypaloh - LibraryThing

Do you like reading that is deadly intense? Yes? Then go read the chapter titled “20 Minutes” in The Comeback, a biography of Greg LeMond, the three-time Tour de France champion and winner of multiple ... Read full review

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User Review  - velopunk - LibraryThing

This is a great book on Greg Lemond and his career. There are so many insights into Lemond's life. Lemond was an immense cyclist at a young age. He raced against juniors as a 14 year old and against ... Read full review


The Wheelmen
The Pilgrimage
Le Parisien
Le Tour
The Deal
The Betrayal
Eight Seconds
The Sequel
The Decline
The Texan
The Feud
The Last Breath
Authors Note

Twenty Minutes
The Comeback
The Battle

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Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. A graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, he has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize and has garnered more than two dozen national and regional journalism awards. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and coauthor of I Forgot To Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.

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