Inside the Peloton: Riding, Winning and Losing the Tour de France

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Racing cyclists all ride the same frail machine and all are equal before the demands of the road, but what is it that makes a winner? What special attributes do winners need to give them that extra edge? To find out, Fife analyses and illustrates the moral strength, intelligence, racing nous, cunning, tactical acumen, and superior mental resilience of the champion racing cyclist. Drawing on interviews and personal acquaintance with some of the best riders to have raced on the Continent, as well as mechanics and ...

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Racing cyclists all ride the same frail machine and all are equal before the demands of the road, but what is it that makes a winner? What special attributes do winners need to give them that extra edge? To find out, Fife analyses and illustrates the moral strength, intelligence, racing nous, cunning, tactical acumen, and superior mental resilience of the champion racing cyclist. Drawing on interviews and personal acquaintance with some of the best riders to have raced on the Continent, as well as mechanics and team-support crew, this is a portrait of the complex character of cycle racing. It is an in-depth study of ambition, the race to win, the capacity to recover from defeat, the harrowing misery of lost morale, and the hard initiation faced by every newcomer to the unforgiving demands of professional competition.

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Thanks to Lance Armstrong, cycling has reached new heights in North America, resulting in numerous titles being published on the Tour de France. A broadcaster and writer with several books to his credit, Fife (Tour de France: The History, the Legend, the Riders ) provides the reader with a unique, up-to-date perspective on what it takes to attain the summit of the cycling world. Unequivocally, the Tour is the ultimate test for professional cyclists. Fife clearly outlines the complex nature of the sport, portraying the characteristics needed to be a champion intelligence, a fierce determination, moral strength, fitness, and patience. The author employed interviews with top cyclists, mechanics, and support crews in developing the book. Featuring 13 color and black-and-white photos, this is a good read that cycling enthusiasts will enjoy. Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781840186727
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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