By Richard Moore
Bernard Hinault is "Le Blaireau," the Badger. difficult as outdated boots, he's the outdated warrior of the French peloton, as respected as he's feared for his ferocious assaults. He has gained five excursions de France, marking his identify into the historical past books as a member of cycling's such a lot unique club.
Yet because the 1986 journey de France ascends into the mountains, a boyish and pleasant younger American named Greg LeMond threatens the Badger—and France’s whole biking historical past. referred to as "L'Américain," the naïve journey newcomer rides strongly, unafraid.
The stakes are excessive. profitable for Hinault potential capping his lengthy biking occupation through turning into the 1st guy to win the travel six occasions. For LeMond, a win will convey the US its first travel de France victory. So why does their contention surprise the world?
LeMond and Hinault trip for a similar team.
Asked via a reporter why he attacked his personal teammate, the Badger replies, "Because I felt like it." and "If he doesn't buckle, that suggests he's a champion and merits to win the race. I did it for his personal good."
LeMond turns into paranoid, taking different riders' feed luggage within the feed region and blaming crashes on sabotage. via all of it, with assistance from his American teammate Andy Hampsten, LeMond rides like a champion and turns into the 1st American to win the travel de France. His win signs the passing of cycling's final hide-bound new release and the beginning of a brand new breed of riders.
In Slaying the Badger, award-winning writer Richard Moore lines each one tale line to its resource via innumerable interviews—not simply with LeMond and Hinault of their personal houses but in addition with teammates, opponents, race administrators, reporters, sponsors, and promoters. informed from those many views, the alliances, tirades, and damaged gives you divulged in Slaying the Badger construct to the beautiful climax of the 1986 travel de France. Slaying the Badger is an incomparably designated and hugely revealing story of cycling's so much awesome rivalry.
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Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France by Richard Moore