- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Yellow Jersey Press; Auflage: New Ed (26. Juni 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0224080172
- ISBN-13: 978-0224080170
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 169.823 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Sent shockwaves through the peloton" (Daniel Friebe Outdoor Fitness)
"A devastatingly frank description of life on the professional road cycling circuit, hurtful in its telling of unwelcome truths yet powerful in its capture of what it takes, legally and illegally, to compete" (Mary Perryman Huffington Post UK)
"In the wake of the Armstrong affair, you can’t move for books about doping, but Kimmage, and ex-pro rider himself, was the first to ‘spit in the soup’ back in the 1990s... A must read for any cyclist" (Cyclist)
One of the greatest books ever written about the life of a professional athlete: the full story beind life in the peloton.
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award
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Paul Kimmage war ein sehr guter Amateur-Rennfahrer, der dann den Schritt gewagt hat vom heimischen Irland in die Welt des Profi-Radsports in Frankreich.
Detailliert berichtet er von seinem Weg zum "Domestiken" - zum Helfer der Stars auf der Tour. Schicht für Schicht kratzt er den Lack von der Show "Profiradsport" ohne ihm die Faszination zu nehmen.
Man bekommt einen Einblick in das harte Leben als Radprofi ausserhalb des Medieninteresses... nicht viel bleibt vom schönen Schein, aber aus jeder Zeile spricht auch eine Leidenschaft für den Sport, die einfach ansteckend ist.
Das Thema Doping spielt ebenfalls eine grosse Rolle. Die Mechanismen, die einen Fahrer in den "Sumpf" ziehen werden nachvollziehbar. Der Druck ist gross und es geht ums Überleben.
Ich empfehle das Buch jedem, den die Tour und der Radsport fasziniert von ganzem Herzen.
With the backdrop of the 1998 Tour de France in our history the re-release of this book is a poignant reminder that these riders are not super men. Some, to compete in a grueling stage race, subject their bodies to horrific potential consequences. Most of them are not the leaders but the "domsetiques" who ride in support of the leaders. They lead them in their draft, carry water bottles back and forth, only to drop out just before the glory moments.
Why do they do it? Perhaps it is the sponsors. Perhaps the fans. Perhaps it is just the difference between the professional, to whom the team win is more important than finishing.
This book is a chilling look at all professional sport through the lens of professional cycling.
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Paul shows how tightly knit the community of riders is and what he had to put up with as someone who spoke up against doping. I think that culture may have changed now, as riders in 2013 have turned viciously against dopers in an effort to clean up the sport and their own reputations - but Paul was a pioneer in that regard. He writes about the bitter rejection he received and the abusive letters that came his way from members of the cycling establishment and then the media establishment, once he became a journalist and wrote about cycling.
Even though my knowledge of pro cycling is not what I would call great, I enjoyed this book immensely for its candour and for the revelations about a life lived on two wheels. For sure it's easier today for riders (Paul had to wash his own kit - unthinkable today), but the grim aspects of life as a domestique survive to this day I'm sure. The book is well written and compelling, and I found it hard to put down.
When the book came out Mr Kimmage was villified by fellow riders, even some who he had considered friends, however I don't consider it to be a daming expose of use of PED's during his era. From what I've read there appears to be 2 distinct timelines to doping, the Kimmage era of ampetamines and steroids and the Armstrong era of EPO and other advanced PED's. By comparison with the organized science driven methods of the latter era the Kimmage era almost seems innocent.
The book provides a detailed account of his family life, the ups and downs of working his way up the ladder to make it as a cyclist at the elite level, the rivalries that ensued and his disappointment and in some cases bitterness at the reality he found during his time in the peleton until he finally made the decision quit the sport. I'm left with the impression that behind the glamour, cycling is a terribly hard way to make a living. There is a poignant line in the book where his father questions whether or not he wants to become a pro cyclist, because in cycling there is more heartbreak than glory. It appears to have been the case for Mr Kimmage.
Paul came off a little little golly gee once In a while, but that didn't really bother me that much, but it is there. Still, a good man and a pretty good writer.
Definitely recommend this book, plan on reading a few more cycling biographies.
This one is the best I've read so far.
Also recommend tyler hamilton's book.
Everyone knew about Kelly and Roche but Earley and Kimmage's stories weren't one of raging successes, front page news and win after win. My first recollection of Paul Kimmage was that infamous 'Late Late Show' interview.
This book fills in so many gaps and answered so many questions I never realised I stored in the back of my mind.
I'm so pleased to have read the book and I now realise that Paul Kimmage has proved to be a real winner as a cyclist. I would also like to think that nobody begrudges him a few smug moments when you realise what's been revealed about US Postal, Lance Armstrong and the many others.....To say that Pauls book hit the nail on the head is a understatement....
Read it, you won't regret it.
As for Paul Kimmage - he makes me proud to be Irish and I hope his work gets the acknowledgement it deserves after all these years.
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