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After the victory of Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky in the 2012 Tour de France the pressure was on the team to repeat their success in 2013 When Wiggins had to pull out of the defence of his yellow jersey attention moved to Chris Froome who had finished as runner up the year before Could he bring about back to back victories for the UK and for Team Sky? With team principal Sir Dave Brailsford at the helm the levels of expectation were high Nothing less than a win would do Embedded within the team was top sportswriter David Walsh who had been covering the sport for four decades As the man who had done than any other journalist to reveal the lies of Lance Armstrong he has the reputation for exposing the dark secrets that cycling would want to keep hidden His inside story from how Team Sky prepared for the Tour de France through to Froome's emphatic victory is supported by insights from all the key members of the team and provides a definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans around the world


10 thoughts on “Inside Team Sky

  1. says:

    Inside Team Sky by David Walsh turned out to be somewhat of disappointing read focusing less on the inner workings of the team and on team's struggle for credibility in this post Lance era when any major result is met with a healthy dose of scepticismAfter their impressive results in 2012 having dominated the tour with first and second place finishes among other feats cycling fans and pundits alike began to doubt team's credibility and its claims of zero tolerance policy towards doping The team embarked on a campaign to address such doubts and prove that its achievements are legitimate What better way to accomplish this then to involve David Walsh the journalist famous for uncovering the doping program propagated by Lance Armstrong and US Postal Service Cycling Team by inviting him to travel with the team through 2013 leading up to and including the Tour de France?David Walsh obliged and this book is the result Chapter after chapter filled with praises defending team's policies and painstakingly outlining anti doping sentiments of various team members whether management doctors or soigneurs One begins to suspect that Walsh has been explicitly commissioned to emphasize team's anti doping stance aloneThe book is not without a few gems The heart warming story of Mario Pafundi team's head soigneur is particularly memorable Walsh charmingly highlights Mario's team spirit his dedication to the team his professionalism and integrity which Mario attributes to the lessons he had learned from his father Invariably however the story turns to another doping discussion; Mario used as just another tool to promote Team Sky's anti doping stanceIf you are tired of reading or hearing about doping then this book is not for you otherwise it contains just enough substance to satisfy anyone curious to learn about Team Sky and some of its key players


  2. says:

    Not a revelation just an affirmation of the Team Sky party line Do we all need to get T Shirts printed saying I Believe before the sport can shed it's tainted image and return to just being about the racing


  3. says:

    I was looking forward to this but the content and style were frustrating For some reason Walsh decided that after writing a coherent 400 page turner about Lance Armstrong many years away from cycling warranted a casual breezy conversational book about Team Sky which hasn't aged brilliantly and writing about how he'd approached this with full journalistic scrutiny didn't really fit with the book I readI will admit that I am one of the 'haters' who doesn't really like the smugness of Team Sky and their 'uberdog' mindset uberdog which I first saw used by Mark Thomas has become a favourite word of mine where despite their huge financial resources they try and present themselves as plucky outsiders But I was keen to see what insights Walsh would glean and perhaps shorn of corporate veneer it would be palatable But look Walsh is at the other extreme He's so relaxed he can write in an irritating fashion No sweat All book And it made it a much difficult read for meHe also likes to build strawman arguments against Sky as though there is no middle ground between free of sin and evil More than once he asks whether an evil team would do such and such or let someone in forgetting that it doesn't need to be either extreme Walsh was probably right to say Brailsford is open than many and does acknowledge mistakes when they happen or admit to poor team performance But the signs are there that embarrassing revelations are dealt with much less openly which with the benefit of hindsight extend to a different attitude towards TUE's than expressed in 2013 and like their fellow pro teams'Walsh may have been granted freedom than most of the press pack but beyond a few team talks this doesn't offer too much that's new He is also surprisingly defensive of Sky against other journalists and is too keen to accept arguments such as 'I wouldn't dope because of my kids' It's not that the testimony is necessarily untrue but Walsh knows the Andreu's well and should have remembered the agreement that Frankie would never take drugs again which was broken when reuired for his career


  4. says:

    A good insightful read A lot has happened since it was written which I think proves how much Team Sky learnt from their mistakes For sure they had and still have big backers but it takes a bit than that to become successful and find and nurture successful riders People hate them but I actually think they’ve done a lot to push cycling into a new age and other teams are following on from what they’ve trailblazed as they’ve realised how good their methods are despite all the rhetoric this year’s Tour was AMAZING and still ‘Sky’ sorry Ineos WON


  5. says:

    Decent While I do believe Sky are largely genuine in their intent recent developments clouded this book for me Style and writing were good and the depth of detail was also solid Dunno harder and harder to maintain any faith at this point


  6. says:

    Could not finish something about the writing style that made this to much effort to read English is not my language but I have read a lot of books in English that were hard to put down This was an easy to put down book


  7. says:

    Great read Loved some of the insights to Brailsfords masterwork with team building Only thing stopping the 5th star was the fact I was expecting a little scandal Would recommend


  8. says:

    Walsh is the Sunday Times journalist who pointed the finger at Lance Armstrong so for Team Sky to invite him to spend a year on the road with them in 2013 speaks volumesLots of fascinating behind the scenes stuff about the team setup and the famous marginal gains philosophy etc but the writing isn't as good as I expected the cliches betraying the newspaper man


  9. says:

    The book is really about Walsh’s conviction from his time inside the team that Sky aren’t doping This is based on the complete lack of any circumstantial evidence despite his digging the anti doping attitude of the team and their willingness even if they do get stressed sometimes to try and discuss the issue – all in complete contrast to US Postal He goes further in regarding the suspicion of clean riders as a kind of second defeat for the sport by the dopers He does address some of the obvious issues eg Leinders or the l’Euipe scientist that endorsed Froome’s performances as possible but did the same for Amstrong Where he is perhaps weaker is in claiming that others are making up for the fact that they were foiled by Armstrong as he doesn’t really acknowledge those like Kimmage who have been cynical about he sport even pre Armstrong and who unlike Walsh himself are worried about the longer history of the sport and not fully focused on ArmstrongPOST REVIEWI wrote this review in 2014 subseuent events have proven that perhaps Walsh should have been a little cynical at the time and at least investigated some anomalies


  10. says:

    The author's background into exposing Armstrong is a major contextual influence on Inside Team Sky and with good reason Walsh a guy who admits in the book that he desperately wants to fall back in love with the sport of cycling and the excitement of World Tours but is still cautiously guarded in his admiration by the foul taint Armstrong left in the world of cycling gives a insider's account of Team Sky He points out that it is so important when investigating whether Sky are doping or otherwise cheating that the team who are behind the guys in black and blue are as important as ever I was surprised how much this book changed my opinion of Froome I feel guilty for thinking that his antics on stage 11 of 2012 where purely down to his own selfish gain when now I realise that he needed to push himself and it was not his fault that Wiggins failed to keep up The strained relationship between Froome and Wiggins is evident to even the novice fan of Team Sky but Walsh explores in his book how and why this relationship needs to be fixed and harmonious for future Tours