Books About Lance Armstrong

Okay, here's the most obvious statement ever: Lance Armstrong is a controversial character. Once heralded as a seven-time Tour de France champion, his titles have been stripped from him due to his admitted doping activities and for pressuring teammates to also dope and then lie about it.

Still today however, legions of people love him for his fight against cancer and the hundreds of millions of dollars he's raised for cancer research. An equal number despite him for being a cheat and a fraud and a bully. Because of that fame and notoriety, there have been any number of books about Lance Armstrong, including several written by Lance himself. Check out the list below for titles that will appeal to every type and age of reader. Some glorify Lance; some vilify him.  Some just attempt to tell the story objectively.

By Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins. In this very personal memoir, Lance tells of growing up on the outside, his life-threatening bout with cancer in 1996, his victory in the Tour de France bicycle race in 1999--and the things that matter to him most.

This book, written in 2000, came out before Lance publicly acknowledged using performance-enhancing chemicals and also in pressuring other riders to do so too and then lie about them.

Part of the All Aboard reading series, this kids' book (intended for readers in grades 2-3) was written by Lance's former wife, Kristin Armstrong. It tells the story of the skinny kid from Austin, Texas, who overcame cancer to become the number one cyclist in the world. The story starts with his childhood triathlon successes and how he did not let cancer stop him from achieving his dream.

Tyler Hamilton book - The Secret Race
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs.

When Tyler Hamilton's book came out, it pretty much blew the lid off the web of lies that Lance Armstrong had told for so long. It's a compelling look at his life as a professional cyclist and the doping that went on when he raced with Lance. The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle More »

The full title of the book, "The Lance Armstrong Performance Program - The Training, Strengthening, and Eating Plan Behind the World's Greatest Cycling Victory" tells you all you need to know about the topic and content of this book. Working with coach Chris Carmichael, Lance has enjoyed unparalled success in the cycling world. In addition to seven victories in the Tour de France, Lance was a two-time Olympian, plus won two U.S. Championships and a World Championship. In clear, personal language, the book lays out the training plan developed by this seemingly-invincible team for use by any rider over the course of a seven-week program. Comes complete with Lance's racing anecdotes, his optimum performance diet, and illustrative photographs.

There is no information or recommendations on specific performance-enhancing chemicals that Lance used to be so successful for so many years.  You'll have to do it the natural way.

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On The Bike With Lance Armstrong, by Matt Christopher

On the Bike with Lance Armstrong
On the Bike with Lance Armstrong.

Matt Christopher is the author of over a hundred sports books for kids. In On The Bike With Lance Armstrong, Christopher not only describes the success of the champion cyclist but how he overcame cancer to do it. How he fought back against this life-threatening disease and went on to take the cycling world by storm is a story that continues to amaze fans worldwide. This book is intended for middle readers.

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Lance Armstrong, by Bill Gutman

Lance Armstrong, by Bill Gutman
Lance Armstrong, by Bill Gutman.

Lance was long seen as the premier cyclist in sports history. But the road to victory has not been smooth, which makes his story all the more compelling. In 1991 he was the National Amateur Cycling Champion, and a professional career seemed guaranteed. But a grim diagnosis of cancer in 1996 threatened to cut the career -- and his life -- short. But Lance devoted himself to the hard work of not only beating the disease, but getting back on the bike. By the summer of 1999 Lance was not only competing again, he was leading the pack to his first Tour de France win. This would have been the best story ever, if it wasn't all a fraud. 

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Lance Armstrong, by John Thompson

Lance Armstrong, by John Thompson
Lance Armstrong, by John Thompson.

Intended for grades 4-7, this biography recounts Armstrong's early years, including Lance's high-school days in Austin, Texas; his early struggle to adapt to living and racing in Europe; and his cancer diagnosis and fight to recover and continue cycling. The book concludes with coverage of his "wins" in the 1999 and 2000 Tour de France.

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Learning About Resilience from the Life of Lance Armstrong

Learning About Resilience - Lance Armstrong
Learning About Resilience - Lance Armstrong.
A biography aimed at grades 2-4 readers, this bio of Lance written by Brenn Jones comes from "The Character Building Series" With photos and direct, simple vocabulary and sentences, this book will be a better choice for reluctant readers. 24 pages.
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Mi Vuelta a La Vida / It's Not About the Bike (Spanish), by Lance Armstrong

Mi Vuelta a La Vida - It's Not About the Bike, by Lance Armstrong
Mi Vuelta a La Vida - It's Not About the Bike, by Lance Armstrong.
This is the spanish language version of Lance's autobiography. Written by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins, this very personal memoir tells of Lance growing up on the outside, his life-threatening bout with cancer in 1996, his victory in the Tour de France bicycle race in 1999--and the things that matter to him most.