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5.0 out of 5 stars Cyclists dream read, Excellent!
I have read all the Lance Armstrong based books with great fascination but this one tops the lot, it gives an in-depth view of the man himself, what makes him tick, his relationships, the way he ticks, his obsesive training regimes, i couldnt put this book down, if your into your biking then read this book, you wont be dissapointed, its a warts and all story of the...
Published on 19 Jun 2005 by jason roach

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places, disappointing in others
When I bought this book I wanted a complement to the two volumes of Armstrong's autobiography. I was looking for a measured appraisal of Armstrong and in many respects this is what I got. Daniel Coyle has sufficient standing as a journalist to have access to Armstrong and his team. He can really write, as the passages describing stages in the 2004 Tour de France were...
Published on 25 Aug 2005


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 22 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force (Paperback)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written and entertaining, 1 Jan 2009
This review is from: Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force (Paperback)
Brilliantly written insight into the lives and personalities of Armstrong but also many other leading cyclists
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just about Lance..., 7 July 2006
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R. A. Chatburn (Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Yes it is about Armstrong and about his 2004 Tour victory and the way he motivates himself and the people who help to get him ready for the race etc. But it's about so much more: - the worlds in which his rivals live; their training regimes; the way that these worlds cross with the world of Lance.

The alleged use of drugs in the peleton is weaved throughout the book, but never takes over. Humour is used at every stage by Coyle; I love the references to Dr Evil and the Belgies with their woof shrugs. The ass size and waist pinch methods of assessing fitness amongst the cyclists had me laughing out loud, but the comedy treatment of Jan Ullrich had me rolling on the floor!

The book was obviously written with US readers in mind. Many comparisons are made between cycling and baseball/NASCAR/American football etc. which mean very little to a lad from Yorkshire, but this doesn't detract for the book to any great extent.

An excellent read, even if you're not a die hard cycling fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the frat house with Lance, 16 Jan 2007
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Ms. K. Hall (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force (Paperback)
I'm really not sure what book those other reviewers were reading but this was very disappointing. The author just seemed to be so grateful to be in the presence of Armstrong - gosh, and talk to him! and see his rock star girlfriend! and see his new bike! - that it seemed more the gushing of a frat brother about the cool kid in the house than an insight into a world-class athlete. I don't remember an ounce of criticism - constructive or otherwise - or hard insight into his training methods or what happens when you don't agree with Armstrong (as can be seen by some of the people he has blanked in the past). There were some interesting parts to the book - considering what has happened with Tyler Hamilton since the book was written, that for me was the most interesting bit - but there are better books about cycling out there. Don't get too caught up in Coyle's love fest.
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