Shadows on the Road

Shadows on the Road : Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky

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In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport after riding for several top professional teams, including US Postal and Team Sky. Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation. In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on to ride as a teammate alongside such giants of the sport as Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how those dreams were compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis. But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US Postal Team. What was it like to head for Europe at such a young age, and what was it like to escape the environment of doping, to try and start again, all the time aware that past actions may one day catch up with him? Offering a unique and elegiac insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman - the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses - Shadows on the Road: Life at the Heart of the Peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 30mm | 499.99g
  • FABER & FABER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0571297714
  • 9780571297719
  • 243,455

About Michael Barry

Michael Barry had a fourteen year career as professional cyclist, riding for several of the top professional teams, including American Postal and, most recently, Team Sky. A three time Olympian, he performed in all of the premiere races and finished all of the Grand Tours including the Tour de France. He has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, The Times of London, and the Toronto Star, written two books, Inside the Postal Bus and Le Metier, and co-authored a third, Fitness Cycling.

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'If you're gripped by the Tour de France, Michael Barry's book is an essential read. His account of riding in Team Sky, back to racing alongside Lance Armstrong and the dark days of doping, is a long was from the usual dry sporting biographies.' Shortlist

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