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Coyle takes us from the cyclists turbulent youth in Texas through his many achievements in the cycling field (notably his near loss in the 2003 tour), and his massive struggles against a series of disasters that would have floored most of us: his difficult divorce and subsequent separation from his children and, finally, the terrifying revelation of his cancer. The section on the various solutions that Armstrong tried (including new age healers and radical Italian sports doctors) makes for particularly fascinating reading: as Armstrong realised that his solutions lay elsewhere, there is a genuinely inspirational note here.
Equally fascinating are the descriptions of his obsessive fans, the mind games he was forced to play (both with his opponents and corporate heavyweights), and, of course, his much-publicised relationship with rock star Sheryl Crow. The climax, his victory in the 2004 Tour de France, rounds out one of the best sport biographies in years. --Barry Forshaw
‘Lance Armstrong is one of those few cyclists whose fame transcends the limits of his sport.’ BBC News
‘His world is not only that of cycling, it is the world of American celebrity: of Super Bowl parties with Elton John, weekends at Kevin Costner's house, lunch with Brad Pitt.’ Observer
The following reviews kind of indentify what can go wrong with revoews in general. I guess these were all largely made beforevthe revelations about Lance Armstrong secrets of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chris Downing
This is a book that is essential for fans of both the man and the sport, and valuable to those with a passing interest for Coyle's detailed but readable explanations of how... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2011 by Lucy Cyclopunk
Gripping journey about Lance's attempt to win a 6th tour. Despite already knowing how his attempt ends, Coyle builds on the suspension and it is hard to put the book down. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2011 by RB
A very well written and informed piece of writing.
It's not just about Lance either but also his main rivals and with lots of insights into the science and psycholgy of top... Read more
Excellent book - read years ago and thoroughly enjoyed - bought for a friend who is starting to watch cycling - the are now inspired to go and get a bike and start riding -... Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by Sophies Dad
After reading his two autobiographies it was interesting to get a different view on the guy. Great read with some great insight into how the tour works.Published on 22 Aug. 2009 by Chris Jones
Not just about Lance. Read this book and you will glean what it is like to train, sweat, bleed, shed tears for the Tour de France. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2009 by Easy Rider
Very well written & entertaining book. This is a good one to read if you have read Lance's autobiographies and enjoyed them, although that's not absolutely necessary, it's very... Read morePublished on 29 May 2009 by F. Poole
Brilliantly written insight into the lives and personalities of Armstrong but also many other leading cyclistsPublished on 1 Jan. 2009 by Barry Greene