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Slaying the Badger Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France

ISBN-10: 1934030872
ISBN-13: 9781934030875
Edition: 2012
Authors: Richard Moore
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Description: The Tour de France is renowned for its chaos and drama. But no other Tour has quite compared to what played out in 1986. That year witnessed a show-stopping rivalry that had spectators across the world agog.Greg LeMond, a fresh-faced and mercurial  More...

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

The Tour de France is renowned for its chaos and drama. But no other Tour has quite compared to what played out in 1986. That year witnessed a show-stopping rivalry that had spectators across the world agog.Greg LeMond, a fresh-faced and mercurial youngster, dubbed 'L'Américain', was a naïve Tour newcomer. Frenchman Bernard 'The Badger' Hinault was a 5-time winner and as tough as old boots.Though polar opposites, they were both fiercely competitive, both equally brilliant. So why was the world shocked that they were at each other’s throats? They were meant to be teammates.Their explosive rivalry broke every rule in the book. No one wins the Tour single-handed; out there your team counts for everything. After his previous year’s win Hinault had pledged his absolute support for LeMond, but as 1986 the Tour circled France, his constant attacks on his team-mate seemed like cold-blooded sabotage.Why was Hinault putting LeMond in jeopardy? Would he crack under the pressure? Something sinister was going on, but no one knew quite what.Slaying the Badgerrelives the adrenaline, the agony, the camaraderie, the betrayals, and the pure exhilaration of that epic year, as the biggest conundrum of Tour history is finally laid bare. 

Richard Moore is a journalist, author, and former racing cyclist. He has competed in the Tour of Langkawi and the PruTour and the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Moore has contributed to Rouleur Magazine, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, Sunday Herald, The Guardian and The Sunday Times and The Scotsman. His first book, a biography of the cyclist Robert Millar: In Search of Robert Millar won the Best Biography award at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution, was published in June 2008.

Prologue
D�part
The Badger
The Cannibal Is Dead, Long Live le Blaireau
L'Am�ricain
A Great Champion but a Small Man
Changing of the Guard
The Kooky Professor
The Million-Dollar Man
The Case of the Broken Ray-Bans
Arriv�e
The Bulldog and the Bird
Who Is Bernard Tapie?
The American Invasion
You Blew It, Bernie
The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend
A Two-Headed Eagle
Born in the USA
Epilogue
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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