Inside the Peloton: My Life as a Professional Cyclist

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Press: Transworld Ireland; 1st Edition. edition (October 17, 2011)
Author Name:Roche, Nicolas


The passionate, truthful story of life on the professional Tour by Ireland's finest cyclist and one of the rising stars of the sport. Nicolas Roche has a famous surname to all fans of cycling. 
The son of legendary Irish and World Champion Stephen Roche, Nicolas had to fight to make it as a professional and even harder to make his mark as his own man on this toughest of competitive sports. His rise up the ranks has been meteoric, with top 15 finishes in both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2010, but his attitude to his chosen profession has remained undimmed.
Honest, eloquent and passionate about how the cycling world should be, Nicolas has gained acclaim and a devoted fan following for his Tour diaries serialised in the Irish Independent. Now a major contender for a podium finish in a grand tour, Nicolas is ready to expand on those diaries and to tell in full the story of life in the peloton and of the remarkable events that have brought him this far.
From furious spats with teammates and exhilarating races against the world's best, this is a gripping cycling adventure and sportsman's tale.

About the Author

NICOLAS ROCHE was born in 1984 and became a professional cyclist in 2004 with the Cofidis team. 
After two years with Crédit Agricole, he joined AG2R-La Mondiale in 2009 and is now the team leader.
The Irish national champion in 2009, Roche came an impressive 23rd overall in his debut Tour de France, with second and fourth placed stage finishes, and improved on that yet further in 2010, ending 15th in the General Classification of the Tour de France and 7th in the Vuelta a España.
The son of Stephen Roche, winner of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and World Championship in 1987, Nicolas has become one of the top names in world cycling.


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Comment List (Total:7)

  •     He's barely got hair on his peaches and this is a "Life" story? Way to try to make a buck!
  •     Overall poor not enough about racing,as I had read newspaper diary this just basicaly put all these together,glad I waited for kindle edition and did not pay 20 euro,stick to bike nico
  •     Great book.
  •     As a mega cycling fan, I have been collecting books on the topic for a couple years now. Inside the Peloton was a very good book, I enjoyed the reading and found it to be a page turner (not hard to stay focused). What I liked best, besides all the very interesting information, was that I feel like I really got to know the author, Nicolas Roche, better through my reading (a rider I did not know much of anything about). I will warn that this book does contain some brief expletives, but I would not say excessively. I would certainly recommend Inside the Peloton to cycling fans or Roche fans (either generation). This book will remain on my shelf as a good resource, as Roche included his diaries from several Tours throughout the pages.Side note: My edition is the 1st, 2011 one
  •     I know his career is far from over but Nick Roche give a great inside into the life of a pro cyclist. We'll worth reading.
  •     Nicolas Roche has created an outstanding description of his life and mission to excel in professional cycling. This includes a well-written and fascinating description of his family, his early years, and his introduction to cycling.His description of his entry into the professional peleton includes insights into the stress of training, nutrition, mental preparation and the combination of life challenges and professional contract arrangements.Nicolas Roche has most transparently and honestly described both his mistakes as well as his successes. He also reveals an impressive, dedicated, focused character. I will follow him closely through his career ahead.I believe that any reader who has appreciated the books of David Millar, Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, and others will find this among the best. Also, I believe the reader will appreciate a perspective from this book that is quite unique.
  •     Superb inside look into pro peloton. Nico is such nice and truthfull guy. I've enjoyed every page of book. I recomend it to everyone who wants to see how live of pro cyclist really is.

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