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Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France

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For Jeremy Whittle, there isn't much in life as spectacular as the Tour de France: sweat-streaked, taut and burnished athletes toiling across vast and ancient European landscapes, hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route. And then there are the riders: men of almost superhuman capabilities, men who have become his friends, men whose stories he has written day in day...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 27th 2009 by Vintage Digital (first published July 8th 2007)
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An easy read about the corruption in competetive cycling, before Lance confessed all.
Garrett Burnett
Whittle documents his journey from wide-eyed cycling fan and new journalist to jaded cynic. Whittle covers a whole cast of characters, but dwells the longest on Lance Armstrong and David Millar. Bad Blood is a great book on the EPO era of professional cycling--if you care about that in the least, this is your book (though there's no guarantee you'll see eye-to-eye with Whittle).
One of the books that have surfaced in the last few years about juice in the biking, this was shortlisted for the Will Hill sports book of the year in 2008. Was good, but the structure took a little getting used to, and its obviously hugely out of date with the Lance thing having happened (although he does imply a lot about Lance without actually saying so tbf to him).

Dan Cohen

This is a good read and a decent account of the time when professional cycle road racing became corrupted by blood doping practices. The author manages to tell that story with reference to his own journey from starstruck fan to professional journalist to embittered ex-fan - the result of what he saw and heard while following the pro peleton.
This book made me suspicious of the whole 'Tour de France' History. We don't know who took drugs. So there will be a lot of cheats. Sad Really because this is the most spectacular endurance sport on the planet.

As far as the book goes? I didn't find it particularly well written.
Grim-Anal King
I've read a lot of these pro cycling exposes and this rings truer than most because of the author's fairly nuanced, slowly shifting perspective. The writing flows well, making for a very rapid read by my ponderous standards.
Anthony Stell
Not bad - bit raggedy in the story-telling and the Tyler Hamilton book cuts to the heart of the matter much better (and with more up-to-date news). But still a decent page-turner.
An interesting assessment, but as always, somewhat opinion based. Good food for thought.
Jonathan Dennis
No-one who read this was surprised to learn the truth about Big Lance
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