Tour de Lance by Bill Strickland

Tour de Lance

By Bill Strickland

  • Release Date: 2010-06-15
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
4 Score: 4 (From 22 Ratings)

Brief Description

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 Lance goes beyond a single season or a single race to reveal the heart of the sport and the soul of the cyclist.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Customer reviews

  • First impression

    By Flying Dutchman 69
    This read will thrill, amaze, and make you contemplate a lot ideas for both the past and future of cycling. It provides a colorful snapshot of not only the gritty details of Lance and his 2009 tour, but more importantly all of "us" cycling enthusiasts who made and are making the sport what it is today.
  • Excellent

    By mavery22
    Strickland does an amazing job of painting a vivid picture of the messiness, complexity, and beauty of the storyline and human lives involved in Lance's comeback. As much about life and relationships as it is about Le Tour. Great book.