Inside Team Sky (Anglais) Relié – 21 novembre 2013
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Embedded within the team was top sportswriter David Walsh, who had been covering the sport for four decades. As the man who had done more than any other journalist to reveal the lies of Lance Armstrong, he has the reputation for exposing the dark secrets that cycling would want to keep hidden. His inside story, from how Team Sky prepared for the Tour de France through to Froome's emphatic victory, is supported by insights from all the key members of the team, and provides a definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans around the world. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
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On a l'impression que David Walsh ne connait pas la nuance : soit il instruit uniquement à charge ou à décharge
Bref, une impression de 'trop beau pour être vrai' même si le livre permet de découvrir (peu) l'envers d'une équipe
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When he finally talks about the race itself, it's interesting but it almost comes as an aside. Before long he is back to denials of doping and more hagiography.
I've been following cycling for almost 40 years, starting in the days when the entire TDF would be run without a single mention in the US media other than in cycling magazines. I have loads of books on the sport and this is the only one I've been unable to finish.
Fine. Make your argument that they are not doping--once--and then move on and tell me something interesting, please. My goodness, I am so sick of hearing about doping.
Also, the conversational asides by the author are very distracting and not professional. Surely an editor looked at this?
One of the fun things about watching the Tour is trying to identify the dynamics and inner workings of the teams. You just know that there has to be stuff going on there that we don't know about (just like the NFL or MLB). This book actually takes you into the inner workings of Team Sky as observed by a journalist who was invited to embed with them. The time period that Walsh covers is approximately the period between the 2012 and 2013 tours.
Pretty much every aspect of running a bike team is explored here. You don't get just the cyclists' story but also the story of all the people it takes to get a cycling team to the Tour (and it's a LOT as it turns out). The characters behind the scenes are just as interesting as the public faces that you see (the sougniers are a particular hoot).
Walsh doesn't shy away from the doping aspects of the sport either. Like it or not, that pretty much dominates every conversation about cycling these days. Maybe someday it won't but not quite yet. Team Sky is famous (infamous?) for having an extreme zero-tolerance policy on doping and Walsh explores that subject thoroughly.
I'm always suspicious of writers getting too close to their subjects when they spend that much time with them but I think David Walsh was pretty even-handed. He even wonders at a couple points if he is being objective enough or is starting to drink the Sky kool-aid. I tend to believe that if he is asking those questions, then he's probably doing okay. Walsh doesn't shy away from asking about controversial subjects either such as a doctor that Sky hired who turned out to be involved in doping previously in his career. He also writes about the Chris Froome-Bradley Wiggins relationship and the tension that exists there. There are some parts that I remember reading and thinking that Team Sky would definitely not like this particular passage so I think that Walsh tried to be even-handed.
Walsh was one of the journalists that was suspicious of Lance Armstrong and is honest about how he felt very betrayed by that whole scandal not just as a journalist but also as a cycling fan. I liked that particular passage because I felt quite the same and it was nice to have it articulated in a concise manner.
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