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Domestique For 11 years I was a professional cyclist, competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth I was in demand from the world s best teams, a well paid elite athlete But I never won a race I was the hired help.When my mum dropped me off in a small French town aged 17, I was full of determination to be a professional cyclist, but I was completely green I went from mowing the team manager s lawn to winning every amateur race I entered Then I turned pro and realised I hated the responsibility and pressure of chasing victory And that s when I became a domestique.I learned to take that hurt and give it everything I had to give, all for someone else s win When the order came in to ride it was I pushed out with the hardest rhythm I could, dragging the group faster and faster, until my whole body screamed with pain There were times I rode myself to a standstill, clutching the barrier metres from the line, as the lead group shot past But that s what made me a so good at my job.As my career took off, I started looking at the fans lining the route, cheering us like heroes The passion for cycling oozed off them, but they couldn t know what it was really like They didn t see the terrible hotels, the crazy egos or all the shit that goes with great expectations Well, this is how it is. Free Read [ Domestique ] Author [ Charly Wegelius ] – sneakerspear.co.uk

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  1. Wegelius is whiny and mundane Plus he doesn t like Cadel Evans That s a non starter with me 3.5 StarsEdited to Add Read the kindle edition.

  2. Really interesting look at behind the scenes in Grand Tour cycling While this isn t a big American sport, cycling is huge worldwide and a billion people watch the Tour de France CW shows what it takes to be in that kind of endurance trial and all I...

  3. This was an interesting read as a cycling fan who watches European races whenever possible due to limited US tv coverage , I was very familiar with Charly Wegelius, and had a great deal of respect for his domestique prowess I well remember watching him turn himself inside out at the front of the bunch on the steep climbs of the Giro.His professional role was, as he says in the book, largely unknowable to anyone who hasn t done it It is perhaps like the American professional baske...

  4. After listening to Charly Wegelius on Mike Creed s podcast I decided to pick up Charly s book, Domestique I admit I was not familiar with Charly or his cycling career but quickly found myself engrossed in this story about the life of a domestique in the European peloton Both Chapter 5 and 6 are particularly interesting because Charly reveals why he embraced the role of a domestique rather than a cycling star and explains Italian cycling culture through his...

  5. Well written and distinctive book key themes include Wegelius s embrace of Italian racing and his view that this led to him being unappreciated by English speaking fans and media his naturally high haematocrit which with the 50% rule put him at a huge disadvantage as he could not benefit from training whereas riders without his natural advantage could benefit from large amounts of EPO the controversy over his riding for the Italian team interestingly with his co author Tom Southam at th Well written and distinctive book key themes include Wegelius s embrace of Italian racing and his view that this led to him being unappreciated by English speaking fans and media his naturally high haematocrit which with the 50% rule put him at a huge disadvantage as he could not benefit from training whereas riders without his natural advantage could benefit from large amounts of EPO the controversy over his riding for the Italian team interestingly with his co author Tom Southam at the Worlds which as he saw it was doing his job rather than riding for a lottery funded business which had never supported him and in some ways undermined him by paying teams to take British riders how he quickly settled into the life of a domestique taking pride in it but also partly as he didn t cope with well wit...

  6. Incredible book that takes the sheen of the world of professional cycling A classic illustration of be careful what you wish for Most books about cycling focus on what s so great about it but this was a dissenting voice Charley Wegelius focuses on the less glamorous parts of being a professional cyclist which istrue to life in my eyes Everyone watches the Tour de France, but apart from the die hard fans, who watches the Roma Maxima And What does it feel like to do a 100km turn at th Incredible book that takes the sheen of the world of professional cycling A classic illustration of be careful what you wish for Most books about cycling focus on what s so great about it but this was a dissenting voice Charley Wegelius focuses on the less glamorous parts of being a professional cycli...

  7. The best look at life in the peloton since Paul Kimmage s Rough Ride 1990 Wegelius began his career riding for Vendee U in 1996, and his career included stints with the Linda McCartney Racing team, Liquigas, Silence Lotto and most notably, Mapei during their heyday Highlights include...

  8. An exciting account of the life of a yeoman professional cyclist The inside into the world of professional cycling and the inside scoop on the workings of road races is illuminating Charley makes you feel the pain, both physical and emotional, of what it takes to co...

  9. Well.if you want to learn about painphysicalemotionalsocialculturerelationalfinancialeducationallinguisticin the sports worldthis is the book for you This fellow has remarkable capacity for insight, wisdom, mirth and writing Near the end of the bookwhen he speaks about how he matured and how he was able to honestly view himselfthis is what he wrote A realization dawned I was a self obsessed, self centered hypochondriac This certainly is humanity at Well.if you want to learn about painphysicalemotionalsocialculturerelationalfinancialeducationallinguisticin the sports worldthis is the book f...

  10. Charly Wegelius no doubt ghostwritten memoir isn t great literature, but it s worth reading nonetheless It s a window into the life of a pro cyclist, and a sort of pro that we don t often hear much about The domestique is a key part of the success of a cycling team and its star s he sets the pace of the peloton, leads or pulls back breakaways, leads out sprinters, and saves his teammates energy for the big finish Wegelius lets us see this kind of career realistically, with all its pain, l Charly Wegelius no doubt ghostwritten memoir isn t great literature, but it s worth...