By Richard Moore
Bernard Hinault is "Le Blaireau," the Badger. difficult as outdated boots, he's the previous warrior of the French peloton, as respected as he's feared for his ferocious assaults. He has received five excursions de France, marking his identify into the heritage books as a member of cycling's so much specific 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 complete biking history. often called "L'Américain," the naïve journey newcomer rides strongly, unafraid.
The stakes are excessive. profitable for Hinault capability capping his lengthy biking profession by means of changing into the 1st guy to win the journey six occasions. For LeMond, a win will deliver the US its first journey de France victory. So why does their competition surprise the world?
LeMond and Hinault trip for a similar team.
Asked by means of a reporter why he attacked his personal teammate, the Badger replies, "Because I felt like it." and "If he doesn't buckle, that implies 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 baggage within the feed quarter and blaming crashes on sabotage. via all of it, with the aid of 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 in basic terms with LeMond and Hinault of their personal houses but additionally with teammates, competitors, race administrators, reporters, sponsors, and promoters. informed from those many views, the alliances, tirades, and damaged delivers divulged in Slaying the Badger construct to the lovely climax of the 1986 travel de France. Slaying the Badger is an incomparably certain and hugely revealing story of cycling's so much impressive rivalry.