Lance Armstrong: A Biography

Lance Armstrong: A Biography

by Bill Gutman


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LANCE ARMSTRONG is the premier cyclist in sports history. But the road to victory has not been smooth, which makes his story all the more compelling.

In 1991 he was the National Amateur Cycling Champion, and a professional career seemed guaranteed. But a grim diagnosis of cancer in 1996 threatened to cut the career — and his life — short. With the help of family, friends, and a dedicated team of doctors, Lance began the hard work not only to beat the disease, but to get back on the bike.

By the summer of 1999 Lance was not only back, he was leading the pack to his first Tour de France win. And he hasn't stopped winning since that sweet victory.

Here's the story of Lance Armstrong, from his first ride, to his most recent race, and all the twists and turns in between!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416998457
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 05/11/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Gutman is the author of more than one hundred sports books and has written for both young readers and adults. He lives in Dover Plains, NY with his family and a menagerie of pets.

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Lance Armstrong 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fight your enemies and learn to meet the mentor. You have an ordinary world and a gifted world; Lance Armstrong had both, but decided live inside his gifted world, but not the ordinary world where he had truly belonged. Cancer survivor, bycicilist, and winner of a few Tour de France competitons, Lance Armstrong lived through an amazing race through life...battling his weakneses even if it meant killing his body to death. He still had integrity and strength, showing us all today that anyone can do anything they want if they set their minds to it and not focus on anything else. That's what Lance did alright; he stepped over a threshold and took on the call to adventure. Although Lance may have been forgotten from the world of famous people and Hollywood, Lance Armstrong will always be remembered as an inspirational man whom fought his battles and returned to the norm. Lance was born to a mother of 17, who couldn't love anything more than her own son. Lance had a stepfather for a few years (Terry Armstrong, who gave Lance his new last name that would last untill his death), but to escape from home when things went bad, he would always ride his bike...a passion, the only passion he ever had as a child. His first time winning involving a bike, was at the IRONKIDS triatholon. He won first place at age 15. That same year he won plenty of more races, triatholons, competitions and contests...always coming in first place. Even if it wasn't his age group -which was way too easy for young Lance-, Lance would fudge his age on applications to race against 20-something year old men by bike. 1day, 2days, 3days, sometimes even a week long, Lance would never give up the oppurtunity to a bike race. He had sponsors and suporting friends, not to mention the love and acceptance of his mother, Linda. In 1987, Lance Armstrong bought his first racing bike. It was the most memorable moment of his life...his first racing bike. In conclusion, Lance never gave up on anything before his cancerous diagnosis. He had surgery and chemo, pain and fatigue, but when Lance got back on his bike after a year of being cancer-free (and being able to consider himself as a Cancer Survivor), he had once attempted to quit riding/racing for good. He was talked out of it by his wife and friends, and then he got back on his bike, ready to win the Tour de France 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was gripping a great review i wish i could of wrote it
Incawarrior More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written book. It was very informational and gave alot of insight into his life and his struggles he overcame.
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