23 Days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Tour de France Victory

23 Days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Tour de France Victory

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by John Wilcockson, Graham Watson
     
 

A riveting day-by-day account, brimming with both historica and geographic detail, of the 2004 Tour de France, written by a journalist "widely considered to be the best cycling writer in the U.S."-USA Today

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A riveting day-by-day account, brimming with both historica and geographic detail, of the 2004 Tour de France, written by a journalist "widely considered to be the best cycling writer in the U.S."-USA Today

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Publishers Weekly
Armstrong's record sixth Tour de France victory didn't cause much of a stir in the U.S., but Wilcockson's account shows why the "Tour has always fascinated writers," even if it hasn't always captured the attention of Americans. The author, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, draws on conversations with Armstrong, his race team and his challengers before, during and after the race for an intimate glimpse of this particular world's friendships, rivalries and scandals. The resulting portrait of Armstrong, from his recovery from cancer to his exhausting training methods, unmatched physical strength and mental toughness, is that of a newly single dad, with no memories of his own father, and a sporting "legend." The book's structure, with its day-by-day account of the Tour, allows readers to appreciate what an arduous undertaking the race is. As the race revisits stages and locations from previous Tours, Wilcockson smartly looks back at some of the Tour's great moments and explores how it has changed because of its recent "Lance-ification." While Wilcockson mostly celebrates Armstrong and the Tour, he doesn't shy away from the doping scandals and accusations that have haunted both Armstrong and the race over the years, and he does give Armstrong a chance to answer his critics. A thorough appendix further explaining cycling's subtle intricacies ends this well-crafted book. Map, photos. Agent, Jim Levine. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780306814013
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/25/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.10(d)

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