A behind-the-scenes look at American bicyclist Greg Lemond, who made an ``incredible comeback'' from a nearly fatal hunting accident. Journalist Abt spent time with LeMond during his victorious Tour de France. While Abt seems to shift tenses at will, making it hard to determine when and where things are taking place, the inside look at the Tour de France, bicycling teams and agents, other European races, and famous bicyclists such as Bernard Hinault, will appeal to avid bicyclists as well as interested readers. Some of the material may seem familiar to readers of Abt's In High Gear: The World of Professional Bicycle Racing (LJ 6/15/89), a collection of his news stories. Although Abt seems to take some liberties with LeMond's inner thoughts, the book is informative and easy to read.-- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
YA-- Greg LeMond may not yet be a household name, but to the growing contingent of bicycling fanatics, he is more of a success story than a Joe Montana or a Magic Johnson. This two-time winner of the Tour de France conquered the event for the second time after overcoming several medical setbacks including a nearly fatal wound in a hunting accident. For the growing legion of cycling enthusiasts (85 million participants--now the most popular American recreational sport), LeMond's victory is a testimony to determination, training, stamina, and the support of his family and many friends. This record-breaking athlete's story computes to an inspirational paean to hard work, generosity, good will, and the nontraditional sports challenge.-- Catherine vanSonnenberg, San Diego Public Library