Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France

Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France


By (author) Jeremy Whittle

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  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 14 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224080237
  • ISBN 13: 9780224080231
  • Illustrations note: 16pp b/w plates
  • Sales rank: 49,341

Product description

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 out for the past decade. But even the biggest fan can one day wake up to find that he has lost his faith. Bad Blood is the story of Jeremy Whittle's journey from unquestioning fan to Tour de France insider and confirmed sceptic. It's about broken friendships and a sport divided; about having to choose sides in the war against doping; about how galloping greed and corporate opportunism have led the Tour de France to the brink of destruction. Part personal memoir, part devastating expose of a sport torn apart by drugs and scandal, Bad Blood is a love letter to one man's past, and a warning to cycling's future.

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Author information

Jeremy Whittle has been covering professional cycling since 1993. A former editor of Procycling magazine and the Official Guide to the Tour de France, he covers cycling for The Times and the Sunday Herald. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Radio 5, NPR and CNN and is the author of Yellow Fever (1998) and Le Tour (2003).

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"Whatever you think about doping, you must read this book ... Well-balanced, considered, ...compelling" Rouleur "Deeply personal, engaging... nuanced, complicated" Scotsman "A warts-and-all portrait of a sport that has more warts than a sackful of toads" Daily Telegraph