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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030875
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Slaying the Badger is] a gripping narrative of this psychological and physical three-week war." — Wall Street Journal

“Rich in drama and emotion. As racing books go, Moore’s book just might be the greatest ever.” — Outside magazine

"From the opening pages, this is a book that grips. Combining great insight, interviews and anecdotes with wonderfully vivid writing, it is thoroughly researched and well written." — Scotland on Sunday

"[Slaying the Badger offers] intriguing insight into one of professional cycling's greatest rivalries...Where Slaying the Badger succeeds is in making such a well-known story so readable." — BikeRadar.com

"Richard Moore's excellent new book Slaying the Badger reexamines the mythology of this great race, attempting to shed new light on the motivations of these two great riders and what really happened on the roads of France in the summer of '86. What helps set Moore's book apart is the array of characters he brings to the story...A thrilling read." — Red Kite Prayer

"[Moore assembles] a stellar cast of interviewees, about twenty in all…The stars are, inevitably, Hinault and LeMond themselves, both with their own memories of what did and did not happen. But they're almost outshone by three of the supporting cast...For those three interviews alone, Slaying the Badger is worth reading.” — Podium Cafe

"Both men invite Moore into their homes: a privilege that clearly took some badger-like tenacity to secure. But it was worth the effort as Moore gains fresh insight into the rivalry." — East Anglian Daily Times

"Captivating...Slaying the Badger is a mixture of clear-eyed journalistic analysis and unashamed nostalgia." — The Times Literary Supplement

"Masterly, relevant and intriguing." — Washingmachinepost.net

"Moore entertainingly unravels the complexities of the relationships within the peloton." — Guardian

"Moore magnificently offers a fresh perspective, bringing alive this supreme tussle...A gripping read." — Blazin' Saddles, a blog from Eurosport.com

 

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Tour de France, 1986:The battle lines are drawn. America's hope, Greg LeMond, fights to dethrone “the Badger,” French hero Bernard Hinault. Former world champion LeMond is gunning for his first Tour victory. Hinault is clawing his way toward a record-breaking sixth. LeMond, mercurial and raw, struggles for recognition. Hinault, fiercely combative and relentlessly aggressive, wants to go out on top. On his side, LeMond has two team allies. But Hinault has five. And there's one other problem: They're on the same team. Their explosive rivalry burned the rule book, shredded friendships, shattered careers, and destroyed convention. It also led to the greatest Tour de France ever raced, an epic, chaotic, confounding, and ultimately exhilarating war of pure adrenaline, cold-blooded calculation, and extraordinary athleticism. Heroism, treachery, spectacle, controversy, betrayal: In detail and emotion, Richard Moore brilliantly reconstructs the mind-boggling story of the 1986 Tour de France, the greatest race of them all.

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An illuminating read which I couldn't wait to get back to each day.
Crispin
Well written, fast paced dramatic description of a classic Tour de France battle between team mates Bernard "The Badger" Hinault and American wunderkind Greg Lemond.
Jeffrrey Werbalowsky
If you're a fan of cycling or a fan of competition you will enjoy this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Crispin on June 2, 2011
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An excellent book that is well written and researched. The author seems to have researched the history of Lemond, Hinault and Kochli thoroughly giving entertaining insight into each character. An illuminating read which I couldn't wait to get back to each day. Well worth it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hank Rearden on June 7, 2012
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Greg LeMond and my brother inspired me to start riding and racing. Back in the day if we wanted detailed info about races we had to wait for the next issue of Velo News or Winning magazine. Then CBS or one of the networks started covering the Tour de France on Sundays. We loved the coverage even though it only scratched the surface of the drama that is professional bicycle racing.

This is a great book. A great read about really what was the pivotal point in pro cycling in the modern era. Hinault represented the "old guard" of cycling. A figure so prominent an dominating that he was in fact the "patron of the peleton". Riders were in awe of him and often outright feared him. Some loved him, some hated him. LeMond represented the American invasion into one of the holy of holy European sports. Even though Jock Boyer had been there for years he wasn't a talent like LeMond. I always admired LeMond because he respected the sport and the traditions of sport. The 1980's to me represents the end of the "honest" cycling era. Sure there were doping issues during the 60's 70's and 80's (Delgado in '88) etc... But EPO really changed the sport and has ruined cycling IMO. I digress.

If you are a fan of bicycle racing and especially a fan of the Hinault, Fignon, LeMond, Roche, Kelly era of the 1980's this is a must read book. Moore goes way out of his way to write a fair and balanced book on what was, is, to many of us one of the greatest and most dramatic Tour de France races ever. Because of technology, sophisticated doping, and the money now involved in cycling racing like this no longer happens today. Cycling has become a sport of specialists and is orchestrated to the minute detail. Love him or hate him Hinault raced like few have after him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Purcell on September 12, 2011
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I had read portions of this book in a cycling magazine, and they were so good, I had to get the book. Very well-written, with a real understanding of the inside aspects to professional cycling. Richard Moore's style fits the true-life characters very well, as he moves from interview to interview with the main and the associated people in the story. One would not need to be a hard-core cycling fan to appreciate this book; it's a real page turner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 50m6 on January 24, 2013
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I'm an 80's kid--or was--and in the summers I would work on my dad's truck, delivering cold-cuts and salads out of his refrigerated truck to delis and restaurants all along the New Jersey shore. For a teenager, this was some sort of hell (imagine walking past beautiful, bikini-clad woman, sipping lemonade, bodies golden brown, as you hall pear-shaped hams, 3 to an arm, smelling of wet meat and heavily mayonnais-ed salads. GOD that sucked). But I digress. ANYway, one particular customer was a huge cycling fan, his deli walls plastered with posters of European gods of the road: Hinault, Merckx, Anquetil, Kelly, Gimondi, Indurain, etc., etc. For 2 summers, I memorized his walls as a little game, and before we entered the parking lot to his deli, I told my dad who was on each wall, checking myself once inside, as Pop took inventory. I was never wrong, but one day, there was a fifth poster on a wall that I knew to only have 4. Greg Lemond, it read. Another Frenchman. Okay, I'll remember that one. As we were set to leave, the deli owner called out to me, "And by the way, how do you like our new American superstar?" What? American who? And that's when I first heard about Greg Lemond, the first American to win the Tour De France, the world's greatest race on 2 wheels. I took a few steps back into the store and examined the poster one more time. Greg Lemond, an American in TDF yellow. I was more than intrigued. That moment made me save my summer's worth of dough and buy my first road bike, a $325 drop-dead gorgeous Peugeot, cage pedals, steel frame, soft green, with yellow, red and black racing-stripe accents. And since then, I have been WAITING for a more-or-less definitive chronicling of that greatest of all Tours.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B on September 15, 2011
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Greg LeMond has always been one of my heroes. Before reading this book, I really didn't know much about Bernard Hinault, except that he was a 5-time winner of the Tour. I was enlightened by this book. The author does a good job of trying to tease out the truth of what really happened at the 1986 TdF. But...there's truth with a 'T' and then each characters version of the truth. Maybe we will never truly know what the Badger's intentions where that year. I have a newfound respect for Le Blaireau as well! Lemond and Hinault come to life in this book. If you are a fan of cycling or even just a fan of sport, this book is a page turner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nztayls on June 19, 2011
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Outstanding book. Couldn't put it down. Very well written and covers the story from both sides. Lemond was my idol growing up as a teenager getting started in cycling, and now to be able to read the full story of what happened during 1986, and also to learn more about Hinault was fascinating.
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