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    DescriptionFor 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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    Bad Blood
    The Secret Life of the Tour de France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Whittle
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780224080231
    ISBN 10: 0224080237

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.4
    BIC subject category V2: WSB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24420
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    DC22: 796.620944
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DDF
    Thema V1.0: SMQ, SCB
    Illustrations note
    16pp b/w plates
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    Publication date
    14 July 2009
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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).
    Review quote
    "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