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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Hinault is "Le Blaireau", the Badger. Tough as old boots, he is the old warrior of the French peloton, as revered as he is feared for his ferocious attacks. He has won five Tours de France, marking his name into the history books as a member of cycling's most exclusive club.

Yet as the 1986 Tour de France ascends into the mountains, a boyish and friendly young American named Greg LeMond threatens the Badger - and France's entire cycling heritage.

The stakes are high. Winning for Hinault means capping his long cycling career by becoming the first man to win the Tour six times. For LeMond, a win will bring America its first Tour de France victory. So why does their rivalry shock the world? LeMond and Hinault ride for the same team.

Asked by a reporter why he attacked his own teammate, the Badger replies, "Because I felt like it." and "If he doesn't buckle, that means he's a champion and deserves to win the race. I did it for his own good." LeMond becomes paranoid, taking other riders' feed bags in the feed zone and blaming crashes on sabotage. Through it all, with the help of his American teammate Andy Hampsten, LeMond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France.

©2012 Richard Moore (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[Slaying the Badger is] a gripping narrative of this psychological and physical three-week war." (Wall Street Journal)

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Very Entertaining!

I remember when Greg LeMond won the Tour de France and thought how difficult that must've been - this book tells just how difficult is really was, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally.

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Loved this book!

Hard to put this book down. Actually in my case turn off because it was an audio book lol. It was like a sports book and a drama rolled into one. If you're a fan of cycling, especially the Tour, I think you will really enjoy this book.

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I Love this book!

I feel like i just had a new Grimms Fairy Tail read to me. Now that i listened to the book, i will sit down red it too.

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Top Notch Journalism and Storytelling

Richard Moore (co-host with Lionel Byrnie and Daniel Friebe in the pitch-perfect Cycling Podcast) is a consummate journalist and storyteller. Although I confess to wishing he had read the audiobook himself, this book is one I will buy in its paper format, too, to flip through, ponder, find inspiration.

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Really a great story and cycling story, loved it.

So much to take in... all the high profile characters, all the interviews, back story... it was all woven together for a book that keeps you wanting more.

As a cycling enthusiast, it would be a must listen. Inspired because of it, Thanks.