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A Significant Other: Riding the Centenary tour de France with Lance Armstrong

Matt Rendell

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Biography: sport, Prose: non-fiction, Cycling

An inside view into cycling's most prestigious event and the people who have helped Lance Armstrong win an unprecedented six times

Lance Armstrong's place in the cycling history books is assured. Winner of the Tour de France a record-breaking six times, he is regarded as one of the greatest individual talents the sport has ever seen. Perhaps his most compelling victory was in 2003 when he won the coveted Centenary race. However, without the team of brilliant athletes assembled to support him - the domestiques - victory in the Tour would have been impossible.

Not only do these superbly trained athletes ride alongside the team leader, supplying water and equipment, but they also create a moving stream of energy that is vital for competitive success. In 2003, Lance Armstrong's domestique, Victor Hugo Peña, actually took over the yellow jersey and stepped into history. A Significant Other is the story of that race but also of these unsung heros of the sport.

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Matt Rendell

Matt Rendell survived Hodgkin's Disease and lecturing at British and Latvian universities before entering TV and print journalism. He first visited Colombia in 1998, and his Channel 4 documentary Kings of the Mountains (2000) was described in the Observer as 'a gem, telling us more about the essence of sport in under an hour than a season's worth of Premiership matches'. His first book, KINGS OF THE MOUNTAINS: HOW COLOMBIA'S CYCLING HEROES CHANGED THEIR NATION'S HISTORY, was described in The Times as 'meticulous, elegant and sensitive'. He has worked on the British terrestrial coverage of the Tour de France since 1997, he has won three National Sporting Club awards, and his book THE DEATH OF MARCO PANTANI was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. COLOMBIA ES PASION is his fifth book about Colombia.

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