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Greg LeMond - Tour De France Book Talk with Daniel de Visé
Tuesday, July 10, 6:30pm
Sports Basement Berkeley
(2727 Milvia St, Berkeley)
Author Daniel de Visé discusses The Comeback (Atlantic Monthly Press), the story of Greg LeMond and the legendary '89 Tour.
Greg was Lance Armstrong before Lance Armstrong. He came out of the Northern California cycling circuit to stage an improbable conquest of European cycling and, later, a miraculous comeback from near-death to win the closest Tour de France in history. LeMond ranks among the great U.S. athletes of the past century. Yet, the meteoric rise (and catastrophic fall) of Lance Armstrong left him all but forgotten. Come relearn the story.
Sponsored by the legendary Berkeley Bicycle Club and Pegasus Bookstore.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In July of 1986, Greg LeMond stunned the sporting world by becoming the first American to win the Tour de France, the world's pre-eminent bicycle race, defeating French cycling legend Bernard Hinault. Nine months later, LeMond lay in a hospital bed, his life in peril after a hunting accident, his career as a bicycle racer seemingly over. And yet, barely two years after this crisis, LeMond mounted a comeback. In 1989, he once again won the Tour-by the almost impossibly narrow margin of eight seconds over another French legend, Laurent Fignon. It remains the closest Tour de France in history. The Comeback chronicles the life of this great American athlete, from his roots in Nevada and California to the heights of global fame. With the kind of narrative drive that propels books like Moneyball and a fierce attention to detail, Daniel de Vise reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely glimpsed up close, building a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.
Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. His first book, I Forgot To Remember (with Su Meck), began as a front-page article de Visé wrote for the Washington Post, part of a 23-year career spent at the Post, the Miami Herald and three other newspapers. Andy & Don, his second book, began as a journalistic exploration into the storied career of his late brother-in-law, Don Knotts. The Comeback, his third book, rekindles a childhood obsession with bicycle racing. De Visé lives with his wife and children in Garrett Park, Maryland, where he can sometimes be found managing his son’s youth baseball team or playing in various local bands. De Visé has won more than two dozen national, regional and local journalism awards, including a shared 2001 Pulitzer Prize for deadline reporting. His investigative reporting twice led to the release of wrongly convicted men from life terms in Florida prisons.