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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224080237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224080231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whatever you think about doping, you must read this book ... Well-balanced, considered, ...compelling" Rouleur "Deeply personal, engaging... nuanced, complicated" Scotsman "A warts-and-all portrait of a sport that has more warts than a sackful of toads" Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Jeremy Whittle has been covering professional cycling since 1993. A former editor of Procycling magazine and the Official Guide to the Tour de France, he covers cycling for The Times and the Sunday Herald. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Radio 5, NPR and CNN and is the author of Yellow Fever (1998) and Le Tour (2003).

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larry TheobaldCycleItalia on January 16, 2009
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Bad Blood, just like "From Lance to Landis" was a book I couldn't put down until I read the whole thing. Then I enjoyed reading it again. This is not an enjoyable subject of course but interesting to anyone who cares about pro cycling. As one who got excited about pro cycling back in the early 80's when Greg LeMond was taking on the best, my cycling history is a bit longer than the writer's but I found myself feeling the same feelings he described as one cheater after another is exposed. I may not be quite as cynical as the author but I do hope for the day when sporting ethics might overtake commercial interests---but I'm not holding my breath!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ~BD on November 3, 2010
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I got this book in the aftermath of the 2010 ProTour cycling season and Contador's (among many other Spanish riders) positive tests. Although detailing events of the mid 1990s thru Armstrong's Tour de France career and therefore could be seen as dated, it does provide both perspective and context of why doping in cycling occurs, its systemic nature, and to what extent it is nuanced/concealed by cycling's journalists.

In particular, I have a renewed disdain for cycling directors such as Riis, Bruyneel, and Aldag as well as the weird relationships that cyclists & managers have with the UCI and their own national sport agencies.

THere is a a fair amount of information about operation Puerto- which could be seen as Festina II and the author fleshes out the damage control that occurred in its aftermath. Some folks were scapegoats and others, probably just as guilty, suffered little or no consequences.

All in all, a good revealing read although it seemed to lag a bit at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. christian on July 22, 2012
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Great book. Very insightful. Unfortunate times for cycling as written about in many other books and publications. Well written by an expert in cycling journalism. Lance fans will once again be upset but his wins/era was tainted to say the least. Very corrupt times and needed/needs to be exposed
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By jess1eann on February 10, 2014
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This book continually kept me wanting to read further. Gave a good incite to cycling. Just a great book in general.
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By Karine Fournel on August 19, 2013
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It's a well writen book. There are alot of things that happen during that time but never really reached the otherside of the pond. Well, not in so much details.
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While this book is a bit older, considering the revelations of the "LA Affair" in late 2012, It does provide a good background for the recent history of doping in the pro peleton. I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot.

Definite read if you are interested in cycling at the top level and want to know the history.
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By David Lombardi on February 3, 2013
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Very well written, excellent read! A true insight into the professional world of cycling where teams and riders seek to gain any advantage possible, sometimes at the detriment of those around them.
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