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Good 'ol George?
on 31 August 2014
I bought this book as I have a general interest in the 'other' cyclists of the Armstrong era. George was finally backed into a corner and forced to admit his doping past despite not failing a test. As the rider who seemed closest to Lance I was almost determined not to like him and take a cynical view of his story. But I have to say this is a very well written book, even without the 'doping' bits it is an interesting auto-biography, well illustrated with contributions from other riders. For this reason I have to give it 5 stars.. reluctantly.
As far as the doping is concerned I have to take a cynical view of his claim to have a naturally high red blood-cell count. A quick Google of the condition suggests that far from being an athletes dream, it is a serious and debilitating condition with poor life expectancy; he does not appear to be on his last legs, he claims to have inherited the condition from his mum...
I also had a feeling I had read the book before, some passages had a familiar ring, I am not sure where from. His confession reads a bit like David Miller's in that he claims to have stopped doping before he was forced to. He seems to have sacrificed some of his results, saying he doped, whilst claiming that the results he is most proud of were achieved 'clean', I suppose we will never know the full story.
But I have to say that I finished the book thinking good 'ol George, a man who worked hard played hard and has the scars to prove it. I am pleased I read the book and am happy to recommend it to others even if George is a