Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France

Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France

by Daniel Coyle
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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France by Daniel Coyle

Lance Armstrong's War is the extraordinary story of greatness pushed to its limits, a vivid, behind-the-scenes portrait of Armstrong -- perhaps the most accomplished athlete of our time -- as he faces his biggest test: the quest for a historic sixth straight victory in the Tour de France, the toughest sporting event on the planet.

Made newly vulnerable by age, fate, fame, doping allegations, and an unprecedented army of challengers, Armstrong fights on all fronts to do what he does like no one else: exert his will to win. That will, which has famously lifted him beyond his humble Texas roots, beyond cancer, and to unparalleled heights of success, is revealed by acclaimed journalist Daniel Coyle in new and startling dimensions. We see how Armstrong rebuilds after his near-loss in the 2003 Tour, discovering new strategies to cope with his aging body. How he fills the holes in his life after his painful divorce from his wife, Kristin, and the ensuing time apart from his three young children. How he manages the exceedingly difficult trick of being Lance Armstrong -- a combination of world-class athlete, celebrity, regular guy, and, for many Americans, secular saint.

But a saint's life it's not. To function at his peak, Armstrong requires what his friends artfully call "stimulus" -- and if it's lacking, he won't hesitate to create some. We see Armstrong operating at the turbulent center of a fast-orbiting cast of swaggering Belgian tough guys, controversial Italian sports doctors, piranha-toothed lawyers, and jittery corporations, not to mention a certain female rock star. We see the subtle mind games he plays with himself and with rivals Tyler Hamilton, Jan Ullrich, and Iban Mayo. We see him through the eyes of his teammates, competitors, and friends, and explore his powerful relationship with his mother, Linda. We see what happens three weeks before the Tour, when he's faced with a double challenge: a blowout defeat in an important race and the release of a controversial book seeking to link him to performance-enhancing drugs. And finally we see it all culminate in the Tour de France, where Armstrong will rise to new and unexpected levels of domination. Along the way, Lance Armstrong's War journeys through the little-known landscape of professional bike racing, a Darwinian world of unsurpassed beauty and brutality, a world teeming with underdogs, gurus, groupies, and wholly original characters, where athletes do not so much choose the sport as the sport chooses them.

Over the season, Armstrong and these characters collide in raw and sometimes violent theater. From the first training camps to the triumphal ride into Paris, Lance Armstrong's War provides a hugely insightful look into the often-inspiring, always surprising core of this remarkable man and the world that shapes him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060734978
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2005
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Coyle is the author of Hardball: A Season in the Projects and the novel Waking Samuel. He is a former editor at Outside and a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Alaska with his wife, Jen, and their four children.

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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the book of the above title, by Daniel Coyle, and have to assume this is the title used, for publication in England, by Harper Collins Publishers? The book is outstanding, right up to the very last page, with inside information that adds a whole new dimension, not only to Lance Armstrong - the man, but to the sport of cycle racing and to that greatest sporting test on earth, the Tour de France. This isn't just about Armstrong - Daniel Coyle has written a supremely unbiased book about bike racing, including the good, the bad and the really ugly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Un libro directo que refleja la realidad interior del mundo del ciclismo profesional desde la mirada del equipo de Amstrong donde se ve reflejado el perfil y modus opefanti de uno de los mejores ciclistas de la historia antes de su caida con la demamdo de dopping del 2013
fribkt More than 1 year ago
Gives you a view of what life is like in the racing world with Lance. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author did an exceptional job in portraying Lance Armstrong as a real person and quite frankly not so nice of a guy at times. I am surprised the aughor was allowed to be so candid. It is an excellent book, very well written and very informative about the world of professional bike racing at the level of the Tour de France. I enjoyed it imensely, even though it shattered my fan's view of one of the greatest cyclisty in history of bike racing. Lance seems a whole lot more credible as a human being from this look at his life and perspective portrayed by this brilliant writer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really devles into Lance's life both on and off the bike. I really learned alot about who he is as a person as well as who he is as an athlete. If you are a fan of Lance, this book is a must have. I was enthralled from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Coyle captures Lance Armstrong like never done before. This book gives us a glimpse into the drive and determination that makes Lance a great athlete and person. There was so much insight into the world of professional cycling and the behind the scenes lives of these athletes. Worth the read. Couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you great insight into not only Lance Armstrong's sixth win but what went on behind the scenes with his competitors and within his team. After reading you will have an opinion of cycling that is completely different that when you started. Lance Armstrong not only revolutionized consistency to the largest sporting event in the world but shows what happens when you bring American ingenuity and business practices to it. There is a reason that he is so hated in Europe. He took a traditional European sport and turned it upside down and changed how it will be ridden forever. Will we ever see another six, and possibly seven, Tour de France winner? Yes! He will only have Lance Armstrong to thank for the ability to do this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book half way through and had to stop because they paid way too much attention to his opponents. I wanted to learn about Lance and his personal struggle's, not about other cyclists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deathpaw, well now Deathheart, pads in the forest, weak. She faints and goes into the darkforest. An all black cat with red eyes pads to her. "I have been awaiting you." She looks at him "and you are?" He stares at her. "Darkness." He pads around her, and says, "I can make you the best warrior ever. If you shun Starclan and love and anything but here." She nods her head, not knowing what she got heerself into.