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- 出版社: William Morrow; Reprint (2014年5月27日)
- 语种： 英语
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The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris (English Edition) Kindle电子书
George Hincapie is one of the most recognized riders in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories to his credit. George is the only team-mate to have played a pivotal role in all seven Lance Armstrong victories. He’s also the only supporting rider to ever be on a Tour winning team nine times. This is his first book.
Craig Hummer was a seven-time U.S. Ocean Ironman Champion and winner of over forty National and International Lifesaving Titles. The Emmy-nominated sports broadcaster has been involved in the ‘alternative’ and ‘action/lifestyle sports’ markets for over twenty years; first as a professional athlete in the sport of ‘Ocean Ironman’ racing, then as a commentator who has now widened his expertise into multiple sports.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
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The writing is solid, though sometimes a bit jumbled because of the many sidebars - statements from friends and teammates. These statements are often interesting and reveal the true respect George earned from a wide range of cycling greats, but they can also disrupt the flow of many sections of the narrative. They seem, more often than not, to get in the way of introspection of the author's part, and they certainly lead to a choppy style.
The first segments of the book dealing with George's professional career, especially those dealing with his time on the US Postal Service / Discovery Channel Team are somewhat vague and wooden. I can't help but feel that either details have been edited out, or it's simply a period he would rather not discuss in detail. The reader does come to understand the pervasiveness of doping in the sport at that time, and the thought process that lead riders to view it as is simply a recovery / training tool. Sadly, there's not a lot more - again, it's a personal preference, but i would have been excited to read more details of the races, the training, or the mindset of George and his teammates during this period. It IS there, just not in a way that's satisfyingly fleshed out.
The book gains momentum as it progresses, however. The descriptions of the Highroad and BMC squads are thoroughly enjoyable. You get a great view of many of the figures around George, as well as the man himself. In addition, the writing becomes infinitely more personal and engaging. From the time of his decision to reduce and eventually end his EPO use and transfusions, Hincapie seems much less restrained in his recollections. His conviction in his decision, his purpose in helping change the culture of the sport, and his pride in his "clean" accomplishments show through very clearly and make for much more engaging and personal reading than the early parts of the book.
In the end, the book is a solid view of the life of one of the greatest US cyclists of all time, and someone who seems a thoroughly likeable guy. Though I wished for more fluid writing, and a higher level of engagement from the early portions of the book, I'm very glad that I read it. I'd recommend it to any cycling fan as long as you don't expect too much.