Slaying The Badger: Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, And The Greatest Tour De France by Richard MooreSlaying The Badger: Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, And The Greatest Tour De France by Richard Moore

Slaying The Badger: Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, And The Greatest Tour De France

byRichard Moore

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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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'AmÃÆÆ'Ã+'¬'¢ÃÆ'¬ '¬'"¢ÃÆÆ' '¬Å¡ ©ricain," the naÃÆÆ'Ã+'¬'¢ÃÆ'¬ '¬'"¢ÃÆÆ' '¬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.

InSlaying 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 inSlaying the Badgerbuild to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France.Slaying the Badgeris an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling's most extraordinary rivalry.

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 theGuardian...
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Title:Slaying The Badger: Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, And The Greatest Tour De FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.8 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting I've grown up watching Tour de France, and really, it's almost unfathomable that ANYONE can complete it without some nefarious assistance. This is a great read, and I finished it very quickly. Some of the background of Tyler's childhood was a bit of a bore and not really relevant to the story, but overall, and engaging and informative read!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This book was so raw and real. Su explained things so well and I am now more informed of brain injuries now. It shows how she overcomes (not sure if that is the right word to choose) her brain injuries. This book is so heart warming as her children help her so much and never get frustrated.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Proving that One of the Best was not really what he was Picked up this book while on vacation and it did not disappoint. Very interesting read on how much an athlete such as Armstrong and others will go to get the competitive advantage and once they have tasted the success, they will pretty much do anything to stay there. Great insight to the world of cycling and the cheating that was rampant during the glory days. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The secret race Tyler hamilton wad no innocent by stander on the darker side of pro cycling. He shows how easy and necessary it was to "dope" to be part of the brotherhood . I did ask myself what i would do, and i think I would have done much the same as he did.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and insightful Tyler Hamilton does a terrific job of revealing the ugly and dark side of pro cycling. His experiences are enlightening and seem to come from the heart. A wonderful read for the pro cycling fan.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheaters all Lance Armstrong should be ashamed however it does not appear thats an emotion he is capable of. Shame on him. As a father he has left this legacy to his children. Nothing they can ever be proud of their father for.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Retired Very interesting book. Found it hard to put down and was anxious to get back to it when I did finally put it down. Very informative about Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating read on the Lance Armstrong story - there were a lot of other people involved in this story, all of them with huge financial interests in making Armstrong an icon.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Learning points? Su Meck tells an intriguing personal account on how a brain injury had affected the course of her life. But that's just all, she tells. Every single detail, which sometimes has no consequence to her or the reader. And she repeats. In retrospect, that does slightly capture how she must have felt when living with the repetitive but familiar routine that she was only comfortable with. There are some honest revelations that she shares of herself, her husband, and her family. It was all very empathetic, and it was inspiring seeing a person slowly come out of adversity with determination and the support of loved ones, even if it is still a constantly evolving story. What leaves me underwhelmed is that there was a missed opportunity to be of something more enriching than it had presented itself since I am unsure if there is anything groundbreaking to learn from here.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointing Rather bland account of Armstrong's downfall. Lacks any insight into the world of competitive cycling. Tyler Hamilton's book 'The Secret Race' is far better covering the same story but from firsthand experience.
Date published: 2013-11-04
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Date published: 2013-09-05
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Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Race Completely captivated me! Read it from start to finish in 72 hrs! Just couldn't put it down. Felt the raw emotions coming right off the page. My favourite read in years!
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Exposé Although I knew doping happened, it was disappointing to discover the scope of it. Even sadder was the realization that many excellent riders who refused to "play the game" were denied an opportunity to participate. Our "win at all cost" helped create this situation. This book was not just about Tyler Hamilton or Lance Armstrong. It was an indictment of the entire system. I do not consider Tyler a hero, but he was brave in writing this book. He endured threats and accusations but was not dissuaded. In light of recent events, he was proven right. Perhaps worst of all is the conduct of Lance Armstrong. He exemplifies the definition of a narcissist. He attempted to ruthlessly destroy anyone who got in his way. Anyone who was not with him was against him. He denied any culpability until he realized there was no choice. His televised confession lacked any semblance of true remorse. I hope we all come away from this book with a more realistic view of today's superstars.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but true As far as we know, after reading this book, it appears that Hamilton put his heart into this book. He had nothing left to lose and his credibility to gain. Postal racing was flawed from the start and Armstrongs meglomaniacle ego, arrogance and bullying tactics were all that mattered for him to win. Too bad an entire sport has to be painted with such a large brush. But they did it to themselves, and continue to do so. Overall it's a real insight into pro racing from a very dark place.
Date published: 2013-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!!!!!!! Fantastic book to look at behind the Sean's of cycling and what really is going on. Even if you Erie not a cycling fan this book is a great read and opens your eyes to what it takes to compete at the highest levels.
Date published: 2012-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read From a family of cyclists all I can say is 4 readers read this book in 4 weeks! And then we passed it on. It has now been 2 months and the seventh person is just about finished. If you are a cyclist or have an interest in pro cycling this is definitely a book to read.
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredibly honest piece I just finished reading Hamilton's book and I had to take the time to write something about it. Firstly, the book, from beginning to end is very entertaining, engaging and is written in an easy to follow narrative. It was hard to put down. Secondly, if you've been following what's been going on in the cycling world, or want to have a unique understanding of what compels athletes or others in tremendously stressful situations to make harsh choices (in this case doping or drugs), then you will appreciate this book. Thirdly, not going by just what this author wrote about Lance Armstrong, but I certainly have a different picture of him. Even if there's 10% honestly in what's written here, you'll see a different type of Armstrong...very different than the one that the mainstream media portrays. Overall, whether you are an athlete or not, you will appreciate this book and will gain a valuable insight into the world of sports and heavy competition form one of the finest athletes in the sport of cyling! Enjoy.
Date published: 2012-10-09

Table of Contents

Prologue

PART ONE: DEPART

1. The Badger
2. The Cannibal Is Dead, Long Live le Blaireau
3. L'Americain
4. A Great Champion but a Small Man
5. Changing of the Guard
6. The Kooky Professor
7. The Million-Dollar Man
8. The Case of the Broken Ray-Bans

PART TWO: ARRIVE

9. The Bulldog and the Bird
10. Who Is Bernard Tapie?
11. The American Invasion
12. You Blew it, Bernie
13. The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend
14. A Two-Headed Eagle
15. Born in the USA
Epilogue
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"[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