The Comeback: Book Release and Author Talk
In July 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 almost without parallel in professional sports. In summer 1989, he again won the Tour―arguably the world’s most grueling athletic contest―by the almost impossibly narrow margin of 8 seconds over another French legend, Laurent Fignon. It remains the closest Tour de France in history.
The Comeback chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in Nevada and California to the heights of global fame, to a falling out with his own family and a calamitous confrontation with Lance Armstrong over allegations the latter was doping―a campaign LeMond would wage on principle for more than a decade before Armstrong was finally stripped of his own Tour titles. With the kind of narrative drive that propels books like Moneyball, and a fierce attention to detail, Daniel de Visé reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely glimpsed up close, and builds a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.
Author Daniel de Visé will present a talk to the Cascade Bicycle Club, in the club auditorium to celebrate the recent publishing of his newest work "The Comeback." Presentation will last approximately 1 hr. Copies of the book will be availible for sale, at the event, courtesy of Third Place Books.
Daniel De visé
Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. A graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, he has worked at the The Washington Post, the Miami Herald and three other newspapers in a 23-year career. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize and garnered more than two dozen other national and regional journalism awards. His investigative reporting twice (see here and here) led to the release of wrongly convicted men from life terms in prison. His first book, I Forgot To Remember, published in 2014 from Simon & Schuster; it began as a front-page article de Visé wrote for the Washington Post about his co-author, Su Meck. His second book, Andy & Don, also from Simon & Schuster, began as a journalistic exploration into the storied career of his late brother-in- law, Don Knotts. The Comeback, his third book, drew inspiration from a childhood immersed in Chicago’s bicycle-racing subculture. Daniel is married to Sophie Yarborough, a senior editor at The Washington Post. They and their children live in Maryland.
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