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For those who admire images of cyclists flashing with arms spread wide in triumph over the finish line on blue-sky days, Daniel Lee gives us an insightful, forceful, and gritty account of the rigorous -- and frequently perilous -- route that cyclists take to force their way up the ranks and develop skills to win. A former racer himself, Dan Lee puts his passion for the sport into his newspaper reporter experience and writing talent. In The Belgian Hammer he follows Taylor Phinney, Benjamin King, Daniel Holloway, and other legends in the making on the USA Cycling national team living in Belgium, where the young bloods from around the world go to test themselves against the best of their generation. They compete in tight packs exceeding 150 riders pumping over narrow wind-blown roads slick from rain while threading through the countryside at unrelenting speed. To spectators cycling matches the grace of ballet. Daniel Lee reveals its uncompromising demands and brutality and heroics.--Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport and a trustee of the US Bicycling Hall of FamePeople, get ready for great stories written well. The Belgian Hammer captures cycling culture.--Benjamin King, 2010 US Pro Road Racing ChampionThe Belgian Hammer is the unique story of professional cycling that hasn't yet been told until now. Daniel Lee has revealed the road map for the next generation of Americans hoping to become successful in Europe, where cycling is king.--Jim Ochowicz, president and general manager of the BMC Racing TeamAll of us who left our tire prints on the European circuits remember how racing there shaped us forever. With passion, Dan Lee gives substance and perspective to the experience of young Americans trying to make it in Europe; and bicycle racing is illuminated by his craft.--John Howard, three-time Olympic cyclist, set bicycle speed record of 152.2 mph in 1985

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