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It's not just about Lance...,
This review is from: Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force (Hardcover)
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.