Just spent the last couple of days reading Daniel Coyle’s biography of Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force and really enjoyed it. The author followed Lance Armstrong for most of 2004, when Armstrong won the Tour for the 6th time, describing life in his team, his work with the ‘notorious’ Dr. Ferrari as well as his relationship with singer Sheryl Crow.
Interesting passages in here about the role of death in some epic performances. Apparently the loss of family members or other tragedies had a very direct impact on peak performances of some athletes. “He rode in a trance” is what was said about Johan Bruyneel, when he won the fastest stage in history of the Tour de France in 1993, shortly after his dad had died in a biking accident.
On another note – the book makes you really want to go and visit Girona in north Spain, which Armstrong made his European training base.