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August 2, 2011

Lance Armstrong's Shadow

When the seven-time Tour de France champ came out of retirement to go for No. 8, cycling writer Bill Strickland was there for every pedal to chronicle the bumpy ride.

Andrew Golding

To produce his most recent book, Bill Strickland spent much time in a van. He spent that time in the van at his own choosing. And he spent it watching men ride bicycles in the heat of summer.

Strickland was covering the Tour de France and doing it from inside a team van, the daily headquarters for a certain team with a certain well-known member. The result of the experience was Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Cycling's Most Controversial Champion, Strickland's coverage of Lance Armstrong's return to cycling as well as Armstrong's effort to win the 2009 Tour de France.

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