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  1. says:

    I was a little than halfway through this book when it struck me why Stephen Roche was such a great rider He was often coined a natural talent ye

  2. says:

    With all the revelations about the systemised doping culture surrounding Lance Armstrong's team in the 1990s it was interesting to read a story

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    Even though Roche says he has no regrets and maintains a pretty positive attitude towards life and bike racing it's hard not to wonder what if After his triumphant 1987 season he was never able to rise to those heights again Even Hinault Fignon and Lemond who also struggled with injuries after early victories were able to win big races again Sad

  4. says:

    Very insightful when discussing recovery from injury It was a real eye opener into this part of professional sport He brought his races to life even though I never saw video footage Mix of upbringing and family very colourful too Recommended t

  5. says:

    Great read re an awesome time for Irish cycling

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    I uite enjoyed reading this book It was a good insight into Roche's history and his personaI can remember the 87 tour uite vividly and still have the Channel 4 hi lights on video tape I watched every night and was enthralled by the whole event This book gave me another insight into the man who won that Tour I really liked the back ground about Roche's early years in Ireland and in France and the characters who helped him

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    Roche was an OK cyclist who had one year of greatness but what a year The Giro won despite the efforts of his team team mates and Italian cycling fans then the Tour then the World Championships Only Eddie Merckx has done that It's an astonishing feat it wrecked his knee and his career dribbled on for a few years with no trace of

  8. says:

    Interesting read – rather disappointingly the opening parts of the book seem to re hash stories which Roche himself has told often and even in the same words and phrases – the telling of the detail on the 1987 Tour is interesting

  9. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as someone with a good basic interest in cycling without having an in depth knowledge of the sport Roche is an intriguing character I just feel that the book just gave us a very uick insight and that it could have revealed so much A dedicated chapter on doping his family issues and his thoughts on the future of the sport could have made it complete but maybe the reason the book was so compelling wad

  10. says:

    Not too bad Very definitely some good insight into some truly historic races by a key figures in the 1980s cycling community I appreciated his

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REVIEW Ö THECOLCHESTERCIRCLE.CO.UK Ø Stephen Roche

The autobiography of Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche who in defied all odds to win cycling's triple crownOn September   Stephen Roche touched greatness Victory at the World Cycling Born to eBook #221 Championship in Austria completed a near unprecedented triple crown that included triumphs in the same year at the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia In April against al I was a little than halfway through this book when it struck me why Stephen Roche was such a great rider He was often coined a natural talent yes he trained hard and intelligently he had a positive attitude he had some good teams and so on all very important elements to become a successful professional cyclist However Roche lived and breathed race tactics from the day he began his cycling career until the day he stepped off the bike for good and that was what made him so superior to most other rival riders It is doubtful anyone else spent effort working out their race strategy to the smallest of details From chapter 2 onwards this book reads like a tactical manual Anyone considering a career in the sport would be well served to read this book to get an idea of his thought processes before during and after races how he came about developing his race plan and executing it Roche analyzed each and every rider on opposing teams who he imagined could be a potential threat from climbers to sprinters and made sure he knew the race course and those certain riders well enough that he felt confident he knew where they could either attack or show vulnerability More often than not he was correct So detailed was his prerace strategy it gave him confidence enough to be patient to carry out his race plans which were usually spot on That attention to detail and patience served him well in time trialing a specialty of his and he seemed proud of that throughout the book No issue was too small to consider he paid attention to the minutest detail and followed his plan For instance he didn t lose sleep worrying about the dangerous descent at Joux Plane but knew that Delgado probably did because he remembered Delgado had fallen and broken his collar bone there in a previous year It seemed he had his own personal archive on other ridersThat discipline to carry out a plan provided him with the mental fortitude which helped him win a hostile Giro D Italia in which most of his own team was working against him not to mention the hostile crowds along the race course He knew his teammates their capabilities and loyalties and often would wheel and deal with riders on other teams for assistance often choosing to sacrifice a stage win for that assistance in favor of the ultimate stage race victoryAn amazing athlete with a brilliant outlook and mind After reading this I felt it wasn t necessary to know every detail of his personal life and appreciated getting to know why and how he achieved what he did in professional cycling

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L odds he fought his own team and an angry partisan Italian crowd who spat at him on his way to taking the Giro In July a superhuman effort at La Plagne saw him secure the yellow jersey just before he blacked out Roche's victory in Austria confirmed his virtuosity His autobiography uses his best year as the starting point to explore the rest of his life He doesn't hold ba Very insightful when discussing recovery from injury It was a real eye opener into this part of professional sport He brought his races to life even though I never saw video footage Mix of upbringing and family very colourful too Recommended to cycling fans I am one admittedly and non cycling autobiography lovers too

REVIEW Ö THECOLCHESTERCIRCLE.CO.UK Ø Stephen Roche

Ck as he examines the many ups and downs of his time on and off the bike scrutinizing victories defeats rivals serious injury doping allegations and agonizing family breakdown For all his charm and rare natural talent beneath the surface lies an incredible tenacity and determination Roche finally reveals himself as a smiling assassin a master strategist who lives to attac Interesting read rather disappointingly the opening parts of the book seem to re hash stories which Roche himself has told often and even in the same words and phrases the telling of the detail on the 1987 Tour is interesting as a reminder of just how many stages there were when changes happened The book gets better or to the point original with the end of Roche s career and his reflections on post retirement and on Nicholas Roche seems to lack self awareness that the argumentsfallings out he manages with pretty well everyone he ever comes into contact with are always the other person s issue