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3.0 out of 5 stars
Starts off well, and then tails off, 17 Aug 2013
I enjoyed the first few chapters, which concentrate on Charly's early career, but then I got a bit fed up reading about how hard it was being a pro cyclist - I kind of guessed that it might be a bit hard without him reminding me every chapter. I find it hard enough dragging myself up slight inclines, and have watched pro racing for long enough, to know that it's a bit more difficult than my poor efforts. I also found the chapter dedicated to his "positive" test rather pointless, especially as the introduction stated that the book was not about doping; to then go on and dedicate a chapter to how he had a naturally high hematocrit level did not sit comfortably with me - especially when other parts of the book referenced the need for altitude training. I had approached this book with an open mind, but after reading it feel that he was less than honest about what happened during his time as a pro. This could have been an excellent read but fell short. The omerta has a tight grip; providing a "disclaimer" at the beginning of the book that the decision was to not concentrate on doping is a complete cop out.