The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France

Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2018. 432p. photos. notes. ISBN 9780802127945. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780802165794. SPORTS
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist de Visé (Andy and Don) pens a thoroughly well-researched work about Greg LeMond's cycling exploits from childhood races, impressive pro career, postcareer life, and business pursuits. Some of LeMond's lasting contributions to the sport include incorporating new cycling technologies, demanding higher salary compensation for racers, and igniting biking interest in the United States. De Visé's work details LeMond's numerous entrepreneurial pursuits as well as his feuds with Lance Armstrong, but differs from similar titles such as Sam Abt's LeMond: The Incredible Comeback of an American Hero, as it documents LeMond's entire career, not just his heroic comeback from a near fatal hunting accident. Another comparison might be drawn to Guy Andrews's Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer, with its wealth of images plus direct commentary by LeMond and his contemporaries. A library with a comprehensive sports collection would ideally own all three titles.
VERDICT De Visé's account stands out owing to its depth of coverage, captivating prose, and variety of historical and contemporary news sources. An impressive read for anyone interested in cycling.
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