I think it's difficult for a non-cyclist to understand the things a cyclist would be interested in. And I've met quite a number of bike racer biographies and have learned that I just don't like biographies of cyclists that much.
It doesn't matter the racer or the person who writes it. I think it's because I don't like reading biographies in general that much.
On the other hand, I like autobiographies of bike racing cyclists because it gives a glimpse inside the world of a pro bike racer. Biographers don't give that - they try and give the whole picture of the life of the person.
So, with all that in mind, I did not enjoy this book that much, though I enjoyed knowing the information.
Would I recommend this book? It's hard to give a good answer. If you're interested in biographies then maybe you'll like this book. I'm not interested in biographies so the writing seemed fine, the information seemed well researched, but the descriptions of racing were lacking. And that's the part that, as a bike racer, I'm interested in. So I guess my answer if is you're a bike racer I wouldn't recommend reading this book. If you're a student of cycling history, then sure! Why not.