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Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224082906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224082907
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Richard Moore continues to display and extend his well-earned reputation for exhaustive research... Putting all that was revealed into context in such a masterly, relevant and intriguing fashion is a skill all of itself. The victor was known to you and I before even the contents page has been given a cursory glance, yet the narrative imposes a necessity to read to the very end to find out if Greg really did win the 1986 Tour de France.'
--The Washingmachine Post

4 �½ stars: `an engrossing story, even to those well familiar with the denouement of the '86 Tour... Hinault's commitment to helping his teammate may be unclear, but Slaying the Badger proves one thing: if the 1986 Tour de France is the greatest ever, then it was its greatest rivalry that made it that way.'

`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. Like the event itself, the book is so engrossing, you don't want it to end. --Scotland on Sunday

`Intriguing insight into one of professional cycling's greatest engrossing story' --Bike Radar

'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

`Moore entertainingly unravels the complexities of the relationships within the peloton during a three-week stage race, the sort of battle in which alliances can shift from one mountain peak to another and your enemy's enemy can suddenly become your most valued friend.' --Guardian

`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. ... How true was Hinauolt to his word in 1986? Was he just stirring it up or did he actually try to give the French what they wanted from him, a sixth Tour victory? Well that's the story Richard Moore tells in Slaying The Badger. And some stories you really do have to read for yourselves.'

`As a matter of some urgency, arm yourself first with Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore and immerse yourself in the epic story of the 1986 Tour and the two greatest riders of their era.' ... `the race and the book builds towards a gripping page turning climax which you don't want to end.' --The Telegraph

`Finally, this is Richard Moore's new book, Slaying the Badger. It tells the tale of Greg LeMond, Beranrd Hinault and the 1986 Tour de France.'

`The tale of the spectator Lemond-Hinault rivalry over the roads of the `greatest ever' Tour de France in 1986 is hardly unknown for most cycling fan - and yet Moore magnificently offers a fresh perspective, bringing alive this supreme tussle by resorting to some vintage toilet humour.' ... `his book is a gripping read.'

`A gripping narrative of this psychological and physical three - week war...The 98th Tour [de France] gets under way today, and it is good to be reminded that the race used to have twice - a - day stages, that helmets didn't always obscure the riders and that technology once had little place in the Tour'
--The Wall Street Journal

`captivating...Slaying the Badger is a mixture of clear-eyed journalistic analysis and unashamed nostalgia' --TLS

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Heroism and treachery, spectacle and controversy, mind-games and endurance - welcome to the Tour de France.

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