- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (June 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306814552
- ISBN-13: 978-0306814556
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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23 Days in July: Inside the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Victory Paperback – June 14, 2005
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"Literate and insightful ...well-researched and entertaining...a lively account...personal and replete with 24-carat inside information." -- International Herald Tribune6/27/05
"More than just a day-by-day accounts of the Tour de France...engaging nuggets of history...vivid descriptions of the geography." -- BicyleRadio.com6/27/05
"Wilcockson is one of the top cycling writers... He puts that experience to good use." -- Austin American-Statesman 7/1/05
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Suffice it to say, I found 23 DAYS disappointing (an understatement). In short, and shorn of my stronger and more strongly-expressed opinions, if you read Lance's BIKE and Daniel Coyle's LANCE ARMSTRONG'S WAR you'll go farther and deeper than offered in 23 DAYS. You will leave the BIKE+WAR reading experience far more informed and more involved in the inner workings of professional cycling.
Dr. Kirtland Peterson
He does so very well by covering the race by a chapter on each day of the 2004 race (hence the title) but interspersing each day's stage race with the origins of the Tour and its governing rules; historic tales about prior winners and tragedies; the tactics used by different teams and riders and along the way covering the impact of training techniques, the amazing terrain covered and its impact on how different riders perform and the influence of drugs in this very physically demanding sport. The story benefits greatly from behind the scenes coverage of each of the main contenders against Armstrong in 2004 as well as having good access to the man himself before and after the race. By the end of the book one certainly appreciates very fully the high mix of luck, excellent fitness and superb team effort needed to win the Tour and the magnitude of what Armstrong has achieved.
While I would have personally liked a bit more on the fundamentals of how the Tour has developed and operates at the team level (bikes, mechanics and sponsors), this is a small gripe for what is an excellently told story.