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Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France Hardcover – 26 Jun 2007


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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; First Edition First Printing edition (26 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950233
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Floyd Landis began his professional cycling career in 1995, one year

after graduating from Conestoga Valley High School. In 1997 he was the Men's

Under-23 National Champion. In 1998 Landis made the switch to road cycling.

He has completed the Tour de France every year since 2002. Floyd Landis

lives in Murrieta, California, with his wife, Amber, and their daughter,

Ryan.^Loren Mooney is the executive editor of Bicycling magazine.

Her writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Reader's

Digest, New York, and other magazines and books. Mooney covered

her first Tour de France in 2006. She lives in New York City.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. HUGHES on 15 Feb. 2013
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I got this book a few years ago. Its now 2013 and Lance Armstrong has finally manned up and admitted what he, and the rest of them where all up to.

I really enjoyed this book at the time i read it, however now i realise that it was infact, all a big load of fantasy! Actually, its almost impressive that Landis could write a whole book of lies, but i can't help but feel that he somewhat duped me into giving him money through this book.

Instead, i highly recommend the secret race. A good read, with at least some honesty in it (i think).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tino on 22 Oct. 2011
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This is a an exceptionally interesting book. History tells us it is a complete pack of lies, so once you know the truth that has come out in recent years, this books makes for an interesting snapshot in time.

It comes across like a badly written script for a hollywood blockbuster. In hindsight that is not surprising, given it was not exactly an honest account of events. But it tries to create a world where we can all route for Landis, a kind of Hollywood style 'man against all odds' script that has won over American audiences since the big screen was invented. For example, after the collapse on stage 16 of the 2006 Tour he writes Axel Merckx said 'you made me a better rider than I actually am by believing in you, and I still believe in you' before Landis explains how he came up with the plan for Stage 17 that would win the tour, and see him accomplish his dreams.

Because it is a pack of lies, Landis has tried very hard to try and portray how an innocent man would have acted, and would have thought - except he had no reference point of this because he was guilty as sin. I suspect the whole thing is a work of Landis' imagination. He makes himself the underdog and hero in every scenario in a way that is destined for the big screen. He is trying to tell people how it should have all played out - a cry for support, and Landis seems to think the only way to get that support is to base the lead character on Maverick from Top Gun.

I doubt there is any truth in this account at all.

But that is why this is such a fascinating read. Don't think this is an account of the real Floyd Landis, think of it more as an account of a guilty doper clearly shocked that he has been caught.
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I read this book post Armstrong's confession on Oprah in January 2013 as I thought it would be interesting to see how Landis tried to maintain his innocence having failed a drugs test after his inbelievable comeback on Stage 17 of the 2006 Tour de France. I have to say, it makes quite interesting reading. I would like to think that the story prior to 2002, when he joined US Postal is all true, particularly his childhood growing up in a Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. The rest, as has since been revealed, is a pack of lies.

I did think, however, that had I not been in possession of the facts, his story sounds quite plausible, apart from his ressurection after Stage 16 of Le Tour. Especially his aruments about the USADA process and Dick Pound at WADA. He paints a picture of a flawed system which has little regard for the athletes it is investigating. I suspect it was Armstrong that shopped him to his pals at the UCI, which drove him to a bitter and acrimonious campaign to falsely clear his name. I am sure, the fact fact that he knew that his mentor, Armstrong and his cronies at US Postal had been getting away with it for years made him feel bitter that he was not being allowed to get away with it too.

All in all, it makes an interesting read about a guy, who due to circumstance was prepared to totally ignore his moral compass in return for fame and material gain. It makes me think, what I would have done in his shoes? Unlike many commentators on the subject, I do not think it is a s black and white as some would like to believe. We have all been there to a lesser or greater extent.
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Interesting read and had i read it prior to knowing what i now know about Lance Armstrong i might have had some sympathy with Landis. We have learned all about Armstrongs cheating on a monumental scale so Floyd taking his side and his criticising of the USADA comes across as farcical and just is not true.

Nobody was allowed to race with Armstrong on his team and not dope as it would have left Armstrong in a weak position and the other rider having a hold over him. Floyd must have doped to be on his team. If he didnt dope he wouldnt have raced with Lance, its as simple as that. Floyd raced with him for 3 years i think and Floyd stating in this book that he didnt dope is of course utter fantasy.

The comments on Lances bullying certainly ring true but thats about the only thing in the whole book that does. You have to wonder how someone could write an entire book based on what he knew to be lies. You got caught Floyd, you cheated and we all now know you did it. You should be ashamed to have written this book and had it published, good read or not.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deryck Payne on 12 Oct. 2007
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This book is an interesting read and should be of interest to anyone who is interested in drugs in sport. Some of the background detail is good and shows up some of the politics involved in the sport. However, the basic premise is that he never cheated, and here we are delving into a fantasy land that most drug cheats seem to live. If resent events re other 'innocent' and 'victimised' athletes are to show anything then we should believe the evidence more often than cries of innocent, no matter how well written.
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