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

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An inside look at the 2003 Tour de France through the eyes of Lance Armstrong's right-hand rider, Victor Hugo Peña--who also helped Armstrong ride to his unprecedented sixth victory in 2004. Peña served as Armstrong's domestique, a crucial yet unsung position unique to cycling. The domestique handles a variety of tasks, but his most important is to ride ahead o
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Phoenix (first published 2004)
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Jun 02, 2008 Ross rated it liked it
At the start I thought this was the best cycling book I had ever read. It gave wonderful insights into the role of the doemstiques in cycling - explaining their thoughts and assignments during a race. Later in the book the author rambled on way to long about the history of the tour de france and how the routes were designed, but I just started skipping those parts. Overall I thought this was one of the most elequently written cycling books with the best detail on the strategy and action that tak ...more
russell barnes
What a curious little book this is: Ostensibly this the story of one day racing in the Alps, but retold by a domestique rather than the usual point of view of the champion, but at best Rendell pays lip service to Victor Hugo Pena's recollections.

They are there, little gems of lung-bursting activity and tactics, but they are sprinkled around chapters dense with historical detail about the Tour de France: the planning and routes, its creator's battles with technological innovation, sections explai
Julie Stephenson
Possibly 2.5 stars.

There is a lot of interesting information here - snippets of Pena's 2003 Tour (he was in yellow for a few days), occasional explanations of cycling elements including energy conservation, group dynamics, and overall strategy, a couple of behind the scenes observations of Lance’s work ethic and leadership skills, thoughts on cycling domestiques and lots and lots of Tour history. However, it doesn’t blend well. You don’t get much of a picture of Lance. It isn’t a thorough explan
Alan Hamilton
Jun 14, 2014 Alan Hamilton rated it it was ok
This is a book that doesn't deliver what it says on the cover. I was expecting a detailed account of life on the tour with Lance Armstrong. instead, it is a history of the Tour de France, the principles of riding in a group and an account of one stage of the centenary tour.
The book is well written and readable, but doesn't really offer anything new.
It predates Armstrong's drug cheating conviction, so some of the rhetoric is quite amusing with hindsight.
May 04, 2009 Russell rated it liked it
An interesting part-biography of a "domestique" - a rider in a cycling team who has a specific role such as helping with mountain or flat stages that helps the team's leader, in this case Lance Armstrong.

The book is slightly awkwardly written and occasionally unclear but is still worth reading if you're interested in professional cycling
Jul 23, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it
Cycling is not a sport I've ever felt I entirely understood. This book goes some way to explaining what its about. Some of the detailed accounts of the individual stages drag a bit, but I've never read a better account of the actual technicalities of cycling, as a strange hybrid between team and individual sport.
Paul Rann
Apr 20, 2012 Paul Rann rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to getting a real insight into arguably the greatest endurance event in the world from possibly the best viewpoint - that of a rider. Very disappointed as it was more an account of the history of the Tour than that of a domestique. Title slightly misleading perhaps?
Garrett Burnett
Oct 04, 2013 Garrett Burnett rated it it was ok
Ostensibly about Victor Hugo Pena, it's really a piece of pro-Lance writing. It is interesting in its own way, but reinforces the Postal Team image of hiring a bunch of strong riders who don't talk back. It left me feeling bad for Pena, though I know that wasn't the point.
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