Cadel Evans: Close to Flying

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The professional racing cyclist talks candidly and philosophically about his sport and how he survived the demoralizing exploits of artificially enhanced rivals to become one of the world's best cyclists

 

The personal story of a champion in the making, this is a behind the scenes look at the extraordinary dedication and hard work it takes to reach the highest level of elite sport. Few noticed Cadel Evans in his first Tour de France when in the last week he ...

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Overview

The professional racing cyclist talks candidly and philosophically about his sport and how he survived the demoralizing exploits of artificially enhanced rivals to become one of the world's best cyclists

 

The personal story of a champion in the making, this is a behind the scenes look at the extraordinary dedication and hard work it takes to reach the highest level of elite sport. Few noticed Cadel Evans in his first Tour de France when in the last week he was photographed on the final climb of the stage alongside the leaders Lance Armstrong and Ivan Basso—but he was determined to succeed, and that year he finished eighth. By 2006 he was fifth overall and in 2007 he lost to Alberto Contador by a mere 23 seconds. Who is this dedicated sportsman, and what has been his formula for success? Cadel gives us a glimpse of the physical and psychological tests that are required to be the best, as well as an illuminating and fascinating look at the Tour de France—the teams, the climbs, the politics, and the opponents that make it the most renowned cycling race in the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781740668910
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cadel Evans may be Australia's greatest cyclist but he is no typical sporting hero. Shy and quietly spoken, he just enjoys what he does. A master of one of the most solitary sports, mountain biking, Cadel has also risen to the pinnacle of road cycling, contesting the most sophisticated cycling team sport in the world, finishing second by less than a minute in the 2007 and 2008 editions of the Tour de France and becoming the World Champion in 2009. With his recent success at the Giro dItalia, he is again poised to be amongst the leaders in the coveted Tour de France in 2010. Cadel lives half his year in Australia and the other half in Switzerland competing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Ride like you're flying 11

2 2008: Pissing blood 19

3 Time after time (trial) 29

4 Little things 41

5 Flight response 56

6 MTB: Off the road 75

7 Finding true mountains - The importance of being Cadel 88

8 The AIS years 101

9 The pink years 127

10 Behind every great man … 147

11 Ideals end two Olympics - Under the jersey 168

12 2005: Cadel's Tour debut … 188

13 2006: Hope fades 201

14 2007: Most consistent performer 219

15 2009: Finding a solution 238

16 The rainbow glow 271

17 Deep blue ocean 288

18 A new start 293

19 2010 Giro d'ltalia 301

20 The 2010 Tour de France 311

Thank you 327

Palmarès (achievements) 332

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