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A fascinating read,
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This review is from: Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France (Paperback)
If you don't let the countless typo and proofreading errors in the book bother you (they got on my nerves, but then I'm a copy editor) then this is a must read for any cycling fan, and a fantastic story for anyone interested in sport at all.
The author includes plenty of the atmosphere and description that makes the Tour so appealing in the first place, but manages to capture the flip side ambience too - the often seedy nature of the sport. It also tantalises and teases somewhat because you're certain that there is a great deal the author couldn't include for obvious legal reasons, but that just makes the tale even more addictive.
Although having read Whittle's ghost-written David Millar autobiography, I was constantly plagued by one question about the author. If he did really commit to one side of the doping debate (the anti-side) how did he find his own justification for helping Millar achieve what no other doper seems to? Namely, large scale acceptance back into the fold and an almost heroic new image? I say this, because the Millar book is also excellent and I began to feel Millar was something of an avenging hero.
I wonder if there is an updated version planned in the wake of Armstrong having his titles 'stripped' from him? If so, this may become an even better read...