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Breaking the Chain: Drugs and Cycling: The True Story (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) Paperback – August 9, 2002
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“Breaking the Chain provides a unique account of drug abuse in cycling... a memorable book.” -- New Statesman
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is translated from French, and even though Voet is not a professional author, it's still better written than most of the professional-athlete biographies I've read - many of which were written by ghost writers anyway. Voet was courageous enough to come forward - even though he was probably financially motivated, to at least some degree, after his team essentially abandoned him when he (i.e. they) got caught. As your riders used to say, "Good stuff, Willy!"
A concealed storage area inside the vehicle was found with drugs earmarked for use in the Tour de France. Voet was arrested and the Festina cycling team was suspended from the prestigious event. An investigation led to the suspension, arrest and prosecution of a number of riders and team staff members. Voet was ultimately convicted of crimes in this sordid affair, given a ten month suspended sentence and fined, while also being banned from the sport for three years.
In this disturbing insider's account of tainted athletic achievement, Voet - while admitting guilt - places his deeds firmly within the realm of a culture where victory at any cost is the price tag. As unsettling as some sections may be, Voet does not sprint away from the reality of pro cycling or point fingers at others for his misdeeds.
These are vials of truth about the syringes ultimately filled with cheating and lying.
Willy Voet was the trainer for the infamous Festina team who was caught driving over the French border with a carload full of performance enhancing drugs, just before the 1998 Tour de France. Voet at first claimed the drugs were all his. Then, he recanted under pressure, admitting they were for his team. The team dropped out of the Tour, as did many others under police crackdowns, and Voet went to jail for 16 months. When he got out, he forever cemented his career to ruin by spiling his guts in this book (originally in French, "Assembly Line Massacre" - a fitting title). He wrote this very detailed, very disturbing, morbid read of some very sinister goings on. Unfortunately led by himself perhaps most of all. If you want to know most (not all, but most) of the deep, dirty, nasty, evil goings on in professional cycling that is never spoken of, then read this book. In the 6 years since it's publication, sadly not much has changed judging by the frequent positive tests, and admissions of guilt by riders.
There is a negative to this book though. First, while Voet honestly admits what he was doing was wrong, he seems to want to shake some element from his torrid past, like coming clean is a way for forgiveness, yet in reflections in other areas of the book treats much of the cheating he did in his career as matter of fact, almost with amusement, with only fleeting elements of remorse. Honest or not, coming from a man with a rather sinister past, it makes the book hard to read at times.Read more ›
Willy Voet played in such activity as soigneur of the Festina Tour de France team in 1998.
That was the year the Tour started in Ireland and Willy's car, loaded with the team's doping supplies,
was intercepted on his way to the ferry to Dublin. He was arrested and the peloton itself
was later ambushed buy the French Police when they landed in France. I recall over half the
riders protesting by dropping their bikes and staging a sit-down on the road. But the game was up,
for the Festina team at least.
This book is so detailed on the methods of doping, EPO, transfusions etc used, the names of some
of the main players involved, I'm amazed that when it was published (2001) it didn't bring
the whole show down at that time......As we know, lance Armstrong went on to win a further 5 tours,
all using EPO/transfusions etc....The UCI certainly have a lot to answer for.
My guess is that this isn't the work of a 100% contrite man......just one who had an axe to grind and he
does so in great style. Very informative, and I followed it up by 'Secret Race' by Tyler Hamilton, another
confessional bio and a brilliantly detailed account of the doping process and how the users were alwaysone step ahead of the testers.
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Just what I wanted to know about this era.
I wouldn't say the writing was elegant but the story is what I was wanting. Read more
This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the degree to which doping pervaded cycling, particularly in the mid~late 90's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Asahi_
Excellent viewpoint, from the center of attention who worked for Festina.Published 6 months ago by © 2007 SGD
Book was a bit short. And maybe he could have reveled more names. I understand when a rider has not been popped you don't want to start listing names but we all want to know them,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anne Valta
Read this book in combination with "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage and "The Secret Race" by Tyler Hamilton. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark Consugar
very honest accounting a sad chapter in cycling
amazing how much medical intervention is a regular part of every day life - eye opening