Matt Rendell Interview
Ian talks to Matt about his book A Significant Other - Riding the Centenary Tour de France with Lance Armstrong.
the whole, they?re too busy being athletes to undergo the sort of education that leads you to thinkers.?
Rendell explained that during the Tour, he was able to speak to Victor Hugo, ?a few times but neither of us had time to kill.? He added that, ?a few days after the Tour had finished, we watched together video footage of Bagneres-de-Bigorre to Luz Ardiden stage, which forms the backbone of the book.? For many athletes a book collaboration will usually entail a professional writer interpreting their words but as Rendell explained, refreshingly, this wasn?t the case. ?Victor Hugo is acutely observant and remarkably articulate, and his words are precisely that - his own.? Such is the trust between Rendell and Pena that the Colombian did not even request to review the book before going to print. As Matt explains, ?I?m not interested in writing any sort of authorized account of anything; I can?t see the point, and I can?t understand anyone that does. I want to look with my own eyes and write down what I see, within constraints that I, and no one else, chooses.?
As we finished our conversation, I asked Matt what the book meant to him. Is it simply another step along the road to literary stardom? Talking to him, no, I don?t believe so. Is it a personal thank-you to everybody who touched his life in
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