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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385508719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385508711
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,145,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Viberg on April 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
Unequivocally the world's greatest cycling race, the Tour de France is an arduous three-week, 20-stage ride that tests both the physical fitness and the mental toughness of its participants. These two books pay homage to the event in different ways. A beautiful coffee-table work produced in collaboration with the French sports daily, L'Equipe, The Official Tour de France celebrates the race's centenary this year. Interspersed throughout this definitive, year-by-year account are wonderful photographs, 200 in color and 500 in black and white. In an appendix, readers will find information on podium placings, total victories by riders, champions by nation, and winners of the yellow, green, and polka-dot jerseys. With a foreword by Lance Armstrong. Speaking of Armstrong, one quickly runs out of superlatives to describe the four-time Tour de France winner who has survived testicular, brain, and lung cancer. In his previous biography, It's Not About the Bike, also co-written with Washington Post journalist Jenkins, he documented his early life and career and his battle with cancer, culminating with his first Tour victory. Every Second Counts chronicles the challenge an athlete faces living in the aftermath of his experiences, when each day is a precious gift. The work describes his recent cycling achievements, being cancer-free for five years, and dedication to the foundation that bears his name, which helps cancer patients worldwide. An inspirational read that has the makings of another best seller. Both books are worthy additions for all public libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Rotem on April 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who loved the first book, and is into cycling or sports in general would love this book. I think it is BETTER than his first one, especially on the behind-the-scenes of the professional cycling world, and The Tour. It starts off where "It's Not About The Bike" ends, and continues from there. In the begining there is a feeling that he is repeating himself, but the book improves with each page you read.
I feel it is more honest, and his thoughts and views are more profound than the first book. It is also a lot more about-the-bike than the first one, which is what I was looking for.
His descriptions of the Tours are honest and revealing, his proffesionalism and ethics are impressive and inspiring.
A highly recommended reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
If every second counts for you, you should probably skip this book and read something a little more worthwhile. Unlike his previous book "It's not about the Bike" this book lacks the drama and general interest for the common reader. That being said if you are a cycling fan you can probably find some behind the scenes stuff here to be interesting, but basically this is a recap of Lance's racing since the 1999 Tour De France win. Which means if you are a cycling fan you already know everything in this book and if you are not a cycling fan you wont care what's in this book.
Overall it is more less just another puff piece athletic biography that seems more interested in re-enforcing Lance's status as a sports hero than it does delving into one of the most fascinating sports figures of a generation.
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Holy cow, some of these reviews are pretty brutal. Don't be turned off by a few obviously bitter people. Lance puts a lot of thought and effort into this awesome book. It's an A+ on my list.
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This book is the follow up of the book, it's not about the bike which is about his career up till his second win.
In this book, all his wins (5) in the Tour de France are mentioned. It is mostly about how he felt during the last three and how cancer played a role in it.
It shows us there is more to life than just cycling. Cancer stays with a person for ever.
His relationships with other cancer patients are emotional and gripping and is also shows he was the lucky one.
This book stands out from other books about cycling, it is very personal and not just about baseball but also about life in general.
He also explains some things that had happened in the Tours, his historic ride towards Mt Ventoux with the late Marco Pantani, his fall and Jan Ulrichs' fall. For those he have followed the Tour the last couple of years, this gives a very good insight, also because it is well written.
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Format: Hardcover
Actions speak louder than words were my first thoughts before I picked up the book.
This book shows that Lance Armstrong's life story is full flaws, just like any normal person.
The way he lives his life may just be a standard that NO HUMAN can sustain. Nobody is perfect!
"Exhaust the possibility" sticks in my mind as a one of his key concepts to his success. That is what I was left with. Despite the inconsistency between his public image and his written word, it is still a good life story overall. It is a worthwhile read if you are a sports nut or know someone that has had the unpleasant experience of having to battle cancer. If this describes you then I would buy it. However I don't know how it compares to his other earlier books
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By Roy Malai on April 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lance writes earnestly about his trials and triumphs. He connects with his readers through simple honesty. Lance has a story and his story is interesting.
As a toastmaster, I chuggled when I read that he'd rather climb the alps on his bike than give a speech. As a speaker of English as a second language, I smiled when Lance's teammate insisted that the phrase "less or more" is the same as "more or less". Having lived in Austin for a year, I can imagine Lance and his friend's cycling in the backroads and almost being run over by a truck.
I am not a cyclist nor a cancer survivor but I know what it feels to be a friend, to lose a friend, to work as a team, to have fun, to be in love, to be misunderstood, to feel betrayed and to feel helpless. That's what makes the book great.
If you're looking for great literature, this is not the book for you but if you would like to feel connected with another human being through his writings, give this book a try. Along the way, you might learn, as I did, things that you wouldn't have known otherwise, about Tour de France, Drug testing, etc.
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