Slaying the Badger

Slaying the Badger

Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour De France

Book - 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 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. "--
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Velo Press, c2012
Description: 295 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781934030875
1934030872
Branch Call Number: 796.620944 Moo
Additional Contributors: Moore, Richard 1973-

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dthomas6
Dec 11, 2015

What's more compelling than the world's two best road cyclists going at each other while on the same team? The tension! Seriously good stuff.

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qstossel
Jul 09, 2015

A must read for any Tour De France fan. A brilliantly written story of cycling in the 1980's with the focus on the 1985 and 1986 TDFs. I had no idea how much tension there was on the La Vie Claire team with Hinault and Lemond being top riders with big egos. The author does a great job sourcing many different individuals so that there appears to be a few different vantage points represented here. Most other recounts either take Lemond's side or Hinault's side. This one shows both sides.

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