On the Road to Success with the Mastermind Behind Eight Tour de France Victories
Johan Bruyneel knows what it takes to win. In 1998, this calculating Belgian and former professional cyclist looked Lance Armstrong in the eye and said, "Look, if were going to ride the Tour, we might as well win." In that powerful phrase, a dynasty was born.
We Might As Well Win takes listeners behind the scenes and inside the team car, as Bruyneel reveals the planning, training, strategy, and tactics that led to a record seven Tour de France victories with Armstrong and an eighth with Alberto Contador.
Through thrilling stories of his own racing career and those of the cyclists he has guided during his extraordinary career, Bruyneel reveals the keys to victory both in cycling and in life.
©2009 Johan Bruyneel; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
As a long-time cyclist, I am predisposed to enjoy this book. It is a very interesting look into what drives Bruyneel and how he has managed his teams over the past 10 years. Cyclists and non-cyclists will enjoy the view from inside the team car.
One note: The narrator has a great voice and is easy to listen to. However, his pronunciation was terrible, and I cringed when he mangled nearly every non-American proper name (like Liege, Alpe d'Huez, etc.). I would have expected that he spend some time learning the proper pronunciation of cyclist names, city names, etc.
Not what I was expecting. The stories about strategy in cycling were kind of interesting but the fact that they totally ignored the doping aspect of their success makes the reader feel cheated. Don't waste your time with this one.
how can you write an unabridged account of the cycling profession from the turn of the century and not discuss the prominence of doping? through the entire account, there might have been 4 Whispers of other opponents doping history. To not admit to to the United States Postal Service team use of performance enhancing drugs is dishonest. as a result, this story is good but not great. To deny the success of the authors teams due to performance enhancing drugs is as deplorable as Lance Armstrong's great lie.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in the tour de france, coaching, and endurance sports. The story moves at a good speed, and sheds light on how the tour works from the other side- It's thrilling!
learning about cycling , learning about the tour
great voice for the book
the tour from the inside of a car
I liked the book, but it was all over the place. I found the time line very disjointed and hard to follow at times. Great story with a great introduction by Lance.
The combination of Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel might have produced the greatest winning streak in all of sport. Bruyneel’s book is great in two ways. First, having his unique recounting of the Lance years was special. Second, his book covered key events in and out of the Tour. The book doesn’t follow a chronological path in the strict sense, but well done…highly recommended!
I must agree with the reviewer above…the narration was weak at best. Imagine…Billy Bob, fresh from the trailer park…and three years of home schooling, completed before 24 yrs old….very proud of that…reading life achievements of Luciano Pavarotti…well, maybe not quite that bad…but you get the idea.
Audible should have a separate review drop box for the narrator…like they do the books themselves.
"Fiction & Fantasy"
Truth is out now , hope they decide to change the title to We knew we would win . With hindsight we all regret having bought this audible book and even half believing what was written, then again we probably all thought we were inspired by Lance's book
Pure FICTION , would like a credit back for being duped
"A work of fiction"
Given recent revelations around Johans alleged involvment in Lance Armstrong's doping there is a good chance a lot of important information may be lacking from this book !
"Win... Win... Win... Inspirational!!!"
I thoroughly enjoyed JB's story of success... failure and again success... this is the best sports biography currently available on Audible. All the effort that JB put into the US Postal Team has been replicated in this truly inspiring book... it is evident why he has been so successful. The Narrator can sometimes be a little over dramatic but it did make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up in excitement and awe.
I listened to the book prior to the 2011 TdeF and it made the three week experience all the more enjoyable and provided a detailed insight into the suffering and commitment required to achieve within the top 1% of the top 1% of professional cycling!!!
"A Great Insight"
Great stories and a great overall message. This is the best book of this kind (motivation) I've read in a while.
I coach athletes myself and have used several of the messages contained in this book.
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