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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; New Ed edition (August 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224061178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224061179
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A moving and spirited account of lying and cheating on behalf of some of the biggest names in cycling.” -- Independent

Breaking the Chain provides a unique account of drug abuse in cycling... a memorable book.” -- New Statesman

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is very easy to read.
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As your riders used to say, "Good stuff, Willy!"
P. Sedun
Fairly basic story, but quite interesting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Sedun on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was a very interesting read. The Festina professional cycling team trainer gets caught at a border checkpoint with his team's drug supply for the upcoming Tour de France - and to no one's surprise, the team doesn't back him up (at least not initially).

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!"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on October 28, 2008
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It was one of those moments in time that changed the course of a sport. In July 1998, while traveling from Brussels to Belgium, the vehicle that Festina trainer Willy Voet was driving was pulled over by customs inspectors on the Franco-Belgium border. What was found in a routine inspection blew open the dirty secret of the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs under the direction of team officials.

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.
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By jhg on April 2, 2014
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Good to here the tory from someone working at a team. And not the usual cyclist
I can recomend it
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By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2013
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Its all about Willy. The book exposes the extent of the accepted nature of performance enhancment in Pro Sport and seems like a confession from Voet who was thrown under the bus.
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By Leisureman on November 24, 2013
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As a sometimes athlete in years past, I harbored many suspicions while watching the TdF. Voet's chronicle bared it all. What is needed now is a 'Breaking The Chain' II, divining current cycling status.

Pro: A definitive, interesting read.
Con: Sometimes difficult to follow timeline.
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By j on November 23, 2013
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Straight up read shows the other side of racing. Funny anecdotes thrown in a great book. I love the sport and hope it can come back to normal for the sake of those riders. I would like to see an updated version telling about his experience today.
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By jimmyray8 on October 7, 2013
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I read this book while recovering from a broken hip. I spent the previous 3 weeks reading Tyler Hamilton's, Lance Armstrong, Paul Kimmage, Floyd Landis,David Millar (Best one By Far) and one other guy I cant even remember. This was the final one, though poorly written I wanted to hear his first person account just because I had read so many others written from a riders perspective. What an era. I wouldnt recommend this book unless you are like me and want all sides of a situation. It is a poor read but when you are stuck in your bed or couch for a month.....Its sad how crappy things got.
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For the real deal on what has been going down, read what Willy Voet has to say about 1998 - The real villains continue to manage the sport while the victims (cyclists, admittedly not innocent) pay for their ongoing gravy train with reasonable probability today, as then.

Read David Millar's "Racing Through The Dark" or Tyler Hamilton's "The Secret Race" for more up to date revelations.

Voet however has the definitive statement on the harm that has been done to the sport
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