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Title:
Slaying the badger : Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, and the greatest Tour de France
Author:
Moore, Richard, 1973-
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Velo Press, 2012.
Physical Description:
295 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Bernard Hinault is Le Blaireau, the Badger. Tough as old boots, he is the old warrior of the French peloton, as revered as he is feared for his ferocious attacks. He has won 5 Tours de France, marking his name into the history books as a member of cycling's most exclusive club. Yet as the 1986 Tour de France ascended into the mountains, a boyish and friendly young American named Greg LeMond threatened the Badger--and France's entire cycling heritage. Known as "L'Americain", LeMond rode strongly, unafraid. The stakes were high. Winning for Hinault meant capping his long cycling career by becoming the first man to win the Tour six times. For LeMond, it would bring America its first Tour de France victory. Why did their rivalry shock the world? LeMond and Hinault were on the same team. Cyclists love this famous story but they've never heard it told as in Slaying the Badger. Award-winning author Richard Moore has gathered the absolute best sources, interviewing LeMond and Hinault in their own homes, American Andy Hampsten, their teammates and team directors to tell the story. He tells the race through these interviews so that these narrative voices lend a fresh and fast-paced tone to cycling's favorite rivalry. "--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Prologue -- Part one: Départ. The Badger ; The Cannibal is dead, long live le Blaireau ; L'Americain ; 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 -- Part two: Arrivée. 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.
ISBN:
9781934030875
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Summary

Bernard Hinault is "Le Blaireau," the Badger. Tough as old boots, he is the old warrior of the French peloton, as revered as he is feared for his ferocious attacks. He has won 5 Tours de France, marking his name into the history books as a member of cycling's most exclusive club.

Yet as the 1986 Tour de France ascends into the mountains, a boyish and friendly young American named Greg LeMond threatens the Badger--and France's entire cycling heritage. Known as "L'AmÃfÆ'Ã+âe(tm)Ãfâe â,¬â,,¢ÃfÆ' â,¬Å¡ ©ricain," the naÃfÆ'Ã+âe(tm)Ãfâe â,¬â,,¢ÃfÆ' â,¬Å¡ ¯ve Tour newcomer rides strongly, unafraid.

The stakes are high. Winning for Hinault means capping his long cycling career by becoming the first man to win the Tour six times. For LeMond, a win will bring America its first Tour de France victory. So why does their rivalry shock the world?

LeMond and Hinault ride for the same team.

Asked by a reporter why he attacked his own teammate, the Badger replies, "Because I felt like it." and "If he doesn't buckle, that means he's a champion and deserves to win the race. I did it for his own good."

LeMond becomes paranoid, taking other riders' feed bags in the feed zone and blaming crashes on sabotage. Through it all, with the help of his American teammate Andy Hampsten, LeMond rides like a champion and becomes the first American to win the Tour de France. His win signals the passing of cycling's last hide-bound generation and the birth of a new breed of riders.

In Slaying the Badger , award-winning author Richard Moore traces each story line to its source through innumerable interviews--not only with LeMond and Hinault in their own homes but also with teammates, rivals, race directors, journalists, sponsors, and promoters. Told from these many perspectives, the alliances, tirades, and broken promises divulged in Slaying the Badger build to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France. Slaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling's most extraordinary rivalry.


Author Notes

Richard Moore is a freelance journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar , won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes , was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports and The Scotsman. He is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Part 1 Départ
1 The Badgerp. 15
2 The Cannibal Is Dead, Long Live le Blaireaup. 31
3 L'Américainp. 53
4 A Great Champion but a Small Manp. 73
5 Changing of the Guardp. 89
6 The Kooky Professorp. 107
7 The Million-Dollar Manp. 131
8 The Case of the Broken Ray-Bansp. 143
Part 2 Arrivée
9 The Bulldog and the Birdp. 157
10 Who Is Bernard Tapie?p. 169
11 The American Invasionp. 185
12 You Blew It, Berniep. 199
12 The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friendp. 217
14 A Two-Headed Eaglep. 237
15 Born in the USAp. 255
Epiloguep. 269
Afterwordp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Indexp. 287
About the Authorp. 296