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Might win a stage but can't quite reach GC standard
on 18 July 2014
I have read and enjoyed most if not all of David Walsh's output over the past few years and this book doesn't disappoint however I have to mention some caveats which have stopped me giving the book 5 stars. Firstly it is a book by a journalist so sometimes the narrative doesn't quite hang together. It gives the impression of being a stitched together work, although the patches are very good indeed. Secondly, anyone who is familiar with Walsh's work will find that old ground is gone over quite a bit. Obviously this helps to put a lot of his reportage into context but if you take all this out, this is actually quite a slim volume. I almost get the impression that Sky is such a well oiled machine that there isn't actually a lot of excitement to be had here, which is porbably to the teams credit when you think about it
The positives do alleviate much of my criticism though. The style may not be to everyone's taste but I find it breezy, easy to read and it doesn't avoid the issues. There is a degree of humanity in his writing as well, where he shows a great degree of empathy and often admiration for the modern cyclist and the teams they cycle for. Lastly he may well have laid many of the ghosts of past Tours de France to rest. We may still have an inkling of cynicism about what is going on in the peleton but it is largely due to Walsh and his ilk that most if perhaps not all of this year's competitors are riding "clean".