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Lance Armstrong & the 1999 Tour de France
Wilcockson, John.
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Boulder, Colo. : Velopress, [1999]

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215 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
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Beginning with follow-up coverage of the drug scandals that rocked 1998's race, this book follows the 1999 Tour de France from start to finish. It gives an overview of the course and the contenders, and covers every stage of the race. It includes a course map, descriptions and anecdotes of events, a diary page, and a list of the finishers. A 16-page color section features photographs by world-renowned cycling photographer Graham Watson.

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Booklist Review

What makes a champion? Certainly it's winning, fast times, and superiority above all others. But Lance Armstrong's victory in the 1999 Tour de France, the world's toughest bicycle race, is all the more impressive for his triumph over testicular cancer less than three years prior to riding the race's final laps around the famed Champs-Elysees. This book successfully blends biography and sports reporting. It opens with Armstrong's discovery of his cancer, the treatment, and his decision to go for the yellow jersey. Then it's the tour details, statistics, the drama of the battles on the roads and within the racing circles, and the intense media pressure the riders dealt with as a result of the doping scandal that rocked the 1998 tour. Longtime friend and teammate Frankie Andreu adds humor and insight to the daily experiences of the U.S. team with his diary entries. The last section is a feel-good, postrace wrap-up. Guaranteed to delight bicycle-racing fans and inspire cancer patients worldwide. --Brenda Barrera

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 3
Part 1 The Road to the Tour
A long and winding roadp. 7
A Tour with an American accent?p. 29
The other Americans at the Tourp. 39
Doping dominated after the 1998 scandalp. 45
The 20 teams and their leadersp. 63
Part 2 The 86th Tour de France
Week 1 Toward a new pinnaclep. 71
Week 2 In the valley of the shadowp. 115
Week 3 Paris on the horizonp. 147
Final resultsp. 173
Part 3 Reflections
Interviews with Tour winner Lance Armstrongp. 177
Lance Armstrong and the cancer patientsp. 193
Festina falloutp. 201
Armstrong's winning bikes and componentsp. 207
A tale of two peoplep. 213
Tour statisticsp. 215
Photo Section--The Tour
Through the lens of Graham Watson