Tour de Lance by Bill Strickland
The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France

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Lance Armstrong is a worldwide icon, indisputably one of the greatest cyclists who has ever lived. After battling cancer and becoming an inspiration to millions, Armstrong won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years before retiring from competition in 2005.

Four years later, at thirty-seven, Armstrong decided to come out of retirement and go for the win yet again. He was racing for no salary, in a season when his greatest rival--Tour de France, Tour of Italy, and Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador--was on his own team. The twenty-five-year-old Spaniard had been handpicked by Armstrong's own mentor, Johan Bruyneel, to be his successor. Now he would be his fiercest competition. Armstrong was about to suffer like never before--and, for the first time in recent memory, appear to be human on a bicycle.

After seven Tour victories--and beating cancer--did Lance Armstrong really need to prove anything? Beyond the thrill of another possible victory, what drove him to race again? What was he seeking--and would he find it?

Cycling insider Bill Strickland had unprecedented access to Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and the team. He takes readers behind the scenes during the 2009 racing season and along for the ride on the Tour de France with a dramatic mile-by-mile account. Offering a penetrating and candid glimpse into the man behind the myth, Tour de Lance goes beyond a single season or a single race to reveal the heart of the sport and the soul of the cyclist.


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About Bill Strickland

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Bill Strickland is the editor-at-large for Bicycling magazine and the author of Ten Points, We Might as Well Win (coauthored with JOhan Bruyneel), and The Quotable Cyclist. He has ridden and raced throughout Europe, Australia, and Africa, and he currently races for the amateur cycling team Hup United. He lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
 
Published June 9, 2010 by Crown. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Though most cycling enthusiasts already know that Armstrong did not win the 2009 Tour de France, Strickland’s progress report manages to sustain suspense throughout.

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Strickland, an editor at large for Bicycling magazine, follows Armstrong after he decides to come out of retirement and compete, once again, in the 2009 Tour de France, cycling’s preeminent race and a competition that Armstrong won seven consecutive times.

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Bicycling Magazine's editor-at-large, Bill Strickland, brings back the rest in "Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong's Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France."

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But by the end of the journey, he comes to appreciate how Armstrong's third-place finish endeared him even to the French: "The Tour seemed to be turning Armstrong into a man who was more noble than he'd ever been as a hero."

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