#tdfleeds ‘My Time’

My TimeMy Time by Sir Bradley Wiggins. On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history as the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won the time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian. In an instant ‘Wiggo’, the kid from Kilburn, was a national hero.

Two years previously, however, Wiggins had been staring into the abyss. His much-hyped attempt to conquer the 2010 Tour de France had ended in public humiliation. Poor results and indifferent form left him facing the sack from Team Sky. And then he was hit with the tragic news of the death of his granddad, George, the man who had raised him as a young boy. At rock bottom, Wiggins had to reach deep inside himself and find the strength to fight his way back.

Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion. In My Time he tells the story of the remarkable journey that led him from his lowest ebb to win the world’s toughest race. In his own words he reveals the personal anguish that has driven him on and what it’s like behind the scenes at Team Sky: the brutal training regimes, the sacrifices and his views on his teammates and rivals. He talks too about his anger at the spectre of doping that pursues his sport, how he dealt with the rush of taking Olympic gold and above all what it takes to be the greatest.

#tdfleeds ‘Slaying the Badger’

Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the greatest ever Tour de FranceA fantastic read, Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the greatest ever Tour de France by Richard Moore goes back into the history of the Tour to relive the adrenaline, the agony, the camaraderie, the betrayals and the pure exhilaration of the 1986 Tour de France, which saw an epic battle between veteran Bernard Hinault and the young American, Greg LeMond,

 Bernard ‘The Badger’ Hinault  is rated as one of the all time cycling greats. ‘Slaying the Badger’  tells the story of his promise to help Greg LeMond win the ’86 tour.

In 1985,  Hinault had received help from Greg LeMond in securing his final Tour win.  He had battled and fought during the final week with two black eyes and a broken nose – it was heroic stuff. ‘It was Hinault through and through – courage, talent and stubbornness. A year later Hinault kept his promise by helping LeMond to win the Tour, though his exact role in delivering LeMond to the finish line, and his perceived reticence in fulfilling that promise, has been the subject of much scrutiny and controversy’.

#tdfleeds ‘Inside Team Sky’

Inside Team SkyAs Team Sky make another run for the Yellow Jersey, how about this great read from top sportswriter and award winning journalist David Walsh, who brings an insider’s view to the 2013 race.

Inside Team Sky tells the story of how Team  Sky were under pressure  to repeat their fantastic success  after their victory with Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France in the 2013 race. When Bradley Wiggins had to pull out of the defence of his yellow jersey, Chris Froome, who had finished as runner-up in 2012 became the team’s focal point.

Could he secure back-to-back victories for the UK and for Team Sky? With team principal Sir Dave Brailsford at the helm, expectations were high. David Walsh was embedded within the team  and he provides a definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans around the world.

David Walsh has also written books about Lance Armstrong –  LA Confidential and 5* read and bestseller Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstong