Tour de Lance: A Wild Ride Through Lance Armstrong's Comeback Hardcover – 17 Jun 2010
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"Like a scientist admiring a rare species, Strickland provides probably the most complete and exhausting exposure of this extraordinary athlete" (Cycling Weekly)
"A masterly piece of reportage stuffed with expert insights into the Tour's Byzantine tactics" (Book of the Week Independent on Sunday)
"The definitive inside account of one of the great sporting comebacks of all time " (Dan Coyle, author of Lance Armstrong's War)
A revealing look behind the scenes of Lance Armstrong's highly anticipated 2009 comebackSee all Product description
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This is much more a voyeur's look at Lance's comeback, which is what generates the genuine criticism that there is nothing being told that is really new here. Strickland is a strong writer though. He can (and does) describe the cycling jacket that he is wearing, right down to the cut and function of its zipper. If you don't mind reliving Lance's comeback through a bystander's eyes, this book will likely read well and with some measure of appeal. In that respect, I agree with those who have so well received this book. Strickland clearly loves cycling. There is no better measure of writing about something that you love than to do it in the first person. Where this book falls apart for many, and quickly, is that Strickland admits no love of Lance Armstrong, particularly not of his attempt at a comeback.
And compared to the other "Lance" books out there this one just comes up short, there is alot of tedious writing about subjects other than LA that seem like pointless fill.
I get the impression that the author really wanted to be an insider but never was accepted and now has an inferiority complex about it. An eternal "wanna be" writing about someone of LA's stature doesn't work.