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'Thoughtful and frequently hilarious... It is also a work of art, a new form' - A.S. Byatt, Financial ...
'A masterpiece - a classic of twentieth-century fiction' New York Times
'A moving and spirited account of lying and cheating on behalf of some of the biggest names in cycling' Independent
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Published: 06 June 2002
Genre: Sports & outdoor recreation
On 8 July 1998 Festina team soigneur Willy Voet was stopped by the police. In his car were the drugs the team needed if they were to have any chance of playing a competitive part in the 1998 Tour de France. The car was searched, he was immediately arrested and so the story that has been undermining the sport of cycling for over 30 years, was at last exposed. Cocaine, amphetamines, EPO, heroin - all these are now considered not optional but necessary, not to win but just to compete in the Tour de France. Details of how these drugs are obtained, mixed together to make cocktails, administered and concealed are all included in this graphic and uninhibited account.'A truly horrifying book' Time Out
A truly horrifying book
A moving and spirited account of lying and cheating on behalf of some of the biggest names in cycling.
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Tim Moore, the ultimate amateur, attempts to complete all 3,630km of the Tour de France in the weeks before the professionals set off.
Willy Voet has been involved in cycling at the highest level as a professional cyclist and team masseur for thirty years. He is the author of Breaking the Chain: Drugs and Cycling - The True Story.