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Slaying the Badger
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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 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. "--
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About the Author

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.

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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" A 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" A 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" A For those three interviews alone, "Slaying the Badger" is worth reading." A - 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 A gripping read." - Blazin' Saddles, a blog from Eurosport.com" "As with Moore's previous two books, Slaying the Badger is underpinned by some fantastic interviews. Hinault and LeMond are obviously the two stars, but they're almost put in the shade by three very special interviewees: Paul Kochli, Andy Hampsten and Cyrille Guimard. In both In Search Of Robert Millar and Heroes, Villains and Velodromes, Richard Moore built his story by getting others to tell it for him. He uses the same trick here, assembling a stellar cast of interviewees, about twenty in all. For those three interviews alone, Slaying The Badger is worth reading." --Podium Cafe "Where Slaying the Badger succeeds is in making such a well-known story so readable. By starting from the beginning of each man's career and building up slowly, Moore gradually reveals character traits that explain their behaviour in the run-up to the final showdown on Alpe d'Huez. It was Hinault, the all-powerful leader, seemingly able to make the peloton dance to his tune, against LeMond, the app

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