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A Badger Not to be Trusted,
This review is from: Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France (Kindle Edition)
Back at School in the 1970's during Modern Studies classes we were shown a cartoon of the 'Stereotypical' British viewpoint of nations across the world. The French caricature showed a beret-wearing, garlic and bread eating individual in a hooped jersey. The tagline was, 'The French can be awkward and are not to be trusted'. It seems clear to everyone other than Bernard Hinault that a promise is a promise and that he would never have won the 1985 Tour de France without the help of Greg Lemond. The favour - at least for the majority of the race - was never returned.
This is a great book, released at exactly the right time, detailing the first ever televised (in the UK) Tour and I remember it with real affection. I cannot remember the TV ever showing the Lemond toilet problems though.(!)
Well researched and written, I would recommend this fascinating story of intrigue and human nature to cyclists and non-cyclists alike. A great way to get in the mood for the 2011 Tour.