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it is a real life type story. great cyclist. a comeback story. great read.
I like this guy and I love cycling otherwise I dont think I was goin to be able to finish this book. It really doesnt offer nothin,
I enjoy cycling books and listening to this book from Cadel Evans is essential for anyone wanting the full picture of the sport over the early 2000s. The book reviews Evans’ entire career in fairly short order so there are lots of short reviews of different races. At times it is almost like listening to someone read out a long list of achievements (of which there are many). It can be a bit repetitive.
Hearing about cycling from Evans’ perspective is interesting because he took a very strong anti-doping stance in an era when many have since admitted to doping.
Where the book is a bit disappointing for me is the lack of emotional insight into Evans. He is clearly a very private person and this comes across. There are things happening that you would think would cause great emotion - like being beaten in a race by a known / suspected doper. Evans doesn’t come across as having any great fury for that - perhaps it is best that way!
Evans spends a lot of time discussing his various teams. It is interesting to hear how different teams are structured in different ways. There are some stories that beggar belief, for example the team not letting him use decent time trial wheels at the TDF where he came second by only a few seconds - the implication being if he had better wheels he might have won.
I've read a lot of cycling biographies and this is up there in the top 5. Beautifully read, engagingly written, and great length. I used to think CE was a stroppy diva as well as being a great cyclist but this boom has made me warm to him so much.