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Inside Team Sky [Kindle Edition]

David Walsh
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After the victory of Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky in the 2012 Tour de France, the pressure was on the team to repeat their success in 2013. When Wiggins had to pull out of the defence of his yellow jersey, attention moved to Chris Froome, who had finished as runner-up the year before. Could he bring about back-to-back victories for the UK and for Team Sky? With team principal Sir Dave Brailsford at the helm, the levels of expectation were high. Nothing less than a win would do.
Embedded within the team was top sportswriter David Walsh, who had been covering the sport for four decades. As the man who had done more than any other journalist to reveal the lies of Lance Armstrong, he has the reputation for exposing the dark secrets that cycling would want to keep hidden. His inside story, from how Team Sky prepared for the Tour de France through to Froome's emphatic victory, is supported by insights from all the key members of the team, and provides a definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans around the world.

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About the Author

David Walsh is chief sportswriter for the Sunday Times and has won the UK Sportswriter of the Year title four times. For many years, he was one of the few journalists prepared to question Lance Armstrong's record, and his account of that struggle was published in Seven Deadly Sins, which won the British Sports Book Awards Biography of the Year prize and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7462 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471133311
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8L5Z10
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By cyp
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. For most of his career as a journalist covering professional cycling, Walsh has been an outsider, fighting to get to the facts of the matter, going against the grain and - ultimately - been proven right. This time it's different - he's on the inside. I didn't really think he would sell out but I did wonder how this book would stand up in comparison to the investigative journalism for which Walsh is most famous. Sure enough, Walsh doesn't sell out and, while he will remain most famous for Seven Deadly Sins etc, this book stands up well to his track record.

I hesitate to award a fifth star because personally I don't much like Walsh's writing style - but that's purely cosmetic and purely a subjective opinion on my part. It doesn't detract in any way from the substance of this book, which is after all what really counts. In that sense, Walsh didn't disappoint me.

Walsh makes clear that when he accepted Sky's invitation to come inside their operation, he did so with a degree of healthy scepticism and a determination to kick over as many rocks as possible and see what he could find - as he says, he had a lot to lose. He found nothing suspicious. That will disappoint a lot of people who are determined to find Sky guilty of doping but it's the truth, insofar as that can be ascertained. If, on the other hand, you dislike Team Sky because of their comparative wealth and their corporate image, this book probably won't change your mind - although there is a lot of good material on their human side (especially regarding Brailsford and Ellingworth but also their riders and back room staff).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 12 Jan. 2015
Format:Paperback
I love reading or listening to David Walsh, as he always gives considered, insightful thought to a variety of sports, from golf to horse racing to football. But he's best known for his long running battle for the truth in cycling, and the key role he played in documenting Lance Armstrong's career as a drugs cheat.

So now that cycling has entered the post-Lance era, the sport is trying to say how "we're all clean" now but the message is diluted by continuing drug test failures by cyclists, as well as the fact that so many of the top names over recent years have failed drugs tests (Contador, Nibali, etc).

For Walsh to jump over to the leading team and "embed" himself seemed like he'd suspended his views. I was a bit sceptical before reading this book - but trust Walsh's judgement and thought I might learn something about how this very professional team work.

The book tracks Team Sky, the British based team, through the 2013 season, culminating in the Tour de France. The context is that Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Tour (and Olympics in London) but his team leadership has been overtaken by Chris Froome, the up and coming Kenyan. So team harmony is threatened but Walsh goes beyond that and shows you how a professional cycling team works.

How do you transport 30 people, plus bikes (min. 2 per rider) from stage to stage? What do the soigneurs (or carers as Sky call them) do? Well a lot, from organising hotel rooms to massages to food snacks. Team Sky go the extra mile - some stuff sounds neurotic - they transport their own bed mattresses and sheets from hotel to hotel, so as the riders don't pick up infection. They bring their own cook to prepare meals in the hotels.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I have read and enjoyed most if not all of David Walsh's output over the past few years and this book doesn't disappoint however I have to mention some caveats which have stopped me giving the book 5 stars. Firstly it is a book by a journalist so sometimes the narrative doesn't quite hang together. It gives the impression of being a stitched together work, although the patches are very good indeed. Secondly, anyone who is familiar with Walsh's work will find that old ground is gone over quite a bit. Obviously this helps to put a lot of his reportage into context but if you take all this out, this is actually quite a slim volume. I almost get the impression that Sky is such a well oiled machine that there isn't actually a lot of excitement to be had here, which is porbably to the teams credit when you think about it
The positives do alleviate much of my criticism though. The style may not be to everyone's taste but I find it breezy, easy to read and it doesn't avoid the issues. There is a degree of humanity in his writing as well, where he shows a great degree of empathy and often admiration for the modern cyclist and the teams they cycle for. Lastly he may well have laid many of the ghosts of past Tours de France to rest. We may still have an inkling of cynicism about what is going on in the peleton but it is largely due to Walsh and his ilk that most if perhaps not all of this year's competitors are riding "clean".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of investigative journalism 8 Jan. 2014
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Team Sky are falsely accused on Internet forums of cheating. If these accusations were made in newspapers the people making them would be in court suffering from libel actions. Instead it's the riders and team managers/staff that suffer with these continual false allegations. Walsh has done his best in reporting what he has seen - as he has found nothing to suggest even the hint of a doping programme. Beautifully written Mr Walsh and 100% believable. Thanks for a great book. What a shame the haters are now tearing you to bits.
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Published 1 month ago by Scoobie
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into Team Sky but rather dated as the story...
An interesting insight into Team Sky, however it suffers from being rather news-like, ie it has dated quickly as the story moves on and most of the information has been well... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Mott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Honest & Brutal! Loved it! Not shy in pulling any punches! Weldone Walsh & Brailsford. Here's to 2015 for team Sky!
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Sherwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good book, has a fun tone to it
Quite a good book, has a fun tone to it, but I struggled to get what it's really about. There is surely a lot more interesting stuff about Team Sky than what is laboured on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by toby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - highly recommend
Excellent read. Well written, balanced and thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S H Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book acts as an interesting counterpoint to Walsh's other on Lance Armstrong, which is full of consternation and sadness at the depths to which Cycling as a sport has plunged. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful!!
A very very insightful book. I come away from this really believing that Team Sky are clean and winning races in the right way.
Published 3 months ago by Antony John Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Bullard
3.0 out of 5 stars its mostly full of tributes to a holier than holy Dave Brailsford and...
Reading this book you would be forgiven for thinking it had been written by a PR person working for team sky, it goes nowhere near what some one who supposedly had full access to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by paul easton
3.0 out of 5 stars great insight to the tdf
This book gave a fascinating insight into how Team Sky approach the tour and the challenges they face. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DanB
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