Slaying the Badger, The Book

Slaying the Badger U.S. edition final coverSlaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France.

It has gotten spectacular media reviews in the U.S. and U.K.

Find the book in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online in print and as an e-book:

It is July, 1986.

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 5 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. Known as “L’Américain,” the naïve Tour newcomer rides strongly, unafraid.

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 rides like a champion and becomes the first American to win the Tour de France. His win signals the passing of cycling’s last hide-bound generation and the birth of a new breed of riders.

In Slaying the Badger, award-winning author Richard Moore traces each story line to its source through innumerable interviews—not only with LeMond and Hinault in their own homes but also with teammates, rivals, race directors, journalists, sponsors, and promoters. Told from these many perspectives, the alliances, tirades, and broken promises divulged in Slaying the Badger build to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France. Slaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry.

Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernhard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore
Paperback with color photosection
6″ x 9″, 304 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-87-5
Read the first chapter of Slaying the Badger.

slaying the badger by richard moore cover imageSlaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France. Find the book in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online in print and as an e-book:

Bike shops can find book ordering information at velopress.com/shops.

How to Reenact the 1986 Tour de France

We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the 1986 Tour de France, which we feel will go down in history as the greatest ever Tour.

We thank the over 12,000 visitors, 500 Twitter followers, and hundreds of Facebook friends who took time out of their July mornings to follow the race with us here and, more importantly, to share this story.

If you enjoyed this retelling of the 1986 Tour, please be assured that Richard Moore’s new book Slaying the Badger tells the story with far greater skill and in deeper, more fascinating detail. In fact, the book has gotten absolutely rave reviews from the media.

While much of our coverage was excerpted from the book (and drew from Geoff Drake and Jim Ochowicz’s excellent book Team 7-Eleven and the thoroughly enjoyable archives of Velo-news magazine) we have released only the highlights and critical plot moments here. The book has more depth, tension, and yes, even suspense, in part because of Moore’s excellent writing style and interviewing skills.

Slaying the Badger includes dozens of revealing interviews with bike racers and La Vie Claire personnel whose varying recollections of events, changed opinions, personal insights and private confessions paint a complete portrait of LeMond, Hinault, and the years that led up to this, the most important race of their careers and, arguably, the greatest ever Tour de France.

Would you be curious to know what Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Andy Hampsten, Urs Zimmermann, Paul Kochli, and others thought of Slaying the Badger after reading the UK edition? The U.S. edition includes their reactions in a new Afterword.

To replay the 1986 Tour de France on this site (which will only be available for a limited time), please visit this post on Thomas Prehn and then begin clicking “Next” in the upper-right corner of the post to move forward to the next story in the chronology.

VeloPress sincerely thanks you for reading.

Find Slaying the Badger in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online and as an e-book:Slaying the Badger U.S. edition final cover

Tribeca Contest: Win the Slaying the Badger Book! #slayingthebadger

Tweet us a photograph of your Slaying the Badger Tribeca Film Festival ticket (any screening) and you could win a free copy of the book Slaying the Badger!

We have 5 copies of the book available and the best photographs of your tickets will win in these categories:

  • Best Use of a Badger (the animal, stuffed or otherwise, or Bernard Hinault)
  • Best Use of a Polka-Dot Jersey
  • Best Use of 1980s Cycling Gear or Media
  • Best Use of a Bicycle Selfie (Self-portraits taken while the bicycle is in motion are not eligible to win this contest. Be safe! Reader question: yes, photos on a trainer are eligible.)
  • Best Use of the Movie Poster or Any Tribeca-related Theater

Your tweet must include the hashtag #slayingthebadger. All tweets must be received at www.twitter.com/velopress by Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Tweets received after this time will be much appreciated — yet sadly ignored. Winners will be announced on this website and on Twitter by noon Mountain time on Tuesday, April 29.

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Film Version of Slaying the Badger Tells the Inside Story of Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault and the Greatest Tour de France

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to a talk and booksigning with award-winning sports journalist Richard Moore at Rapha Cycle Club New York City before the worldwide film premiere of Slaying the Badger, Moore’s retelling of the 1986 Tour de France rivalry between American Greg LeMond and Frenchman Bernard Hinault. Moore will draw from his extensive first-person interviews with LeMond, Hinault, and their teammates to offer insight into cycling’s greatest rivalry and preview scenes from the movie. Guests will leave the event primed for a deeper appreciation of the film premiere.

Richard Moore at Rapha Cycle Club New York City
Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Rapha Cycle Club New York City
64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
15-minute walk from the film premiere
(212) 804-5050
www.rapha.cc/nyc

Slaying the Badger World Premiere
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Tribeca Film Festival
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
Between 8th and 9th Avenues in Chelsea
Tickets available through SVA Theatre

Additional public Tribeca screenings:

  • Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m., AMC Village VII, 66 Third Avenue at 11th Street, NYC
  • Saturday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m., Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street at Laight Street, NYC

About the Book: Slaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry: Greg LeMond vs. Bernhard Hinault at the 1986 Tour de France. In his book, award-winning author Richard Moore traces each story line of the 1986 Tour de France to its source through innumerable interviews—not only with LeMond and Hinault in their own homes but also with teammates, rivals, race directors, journalists, sponsors, and promoters. Told from these many perspectives, the alliances, backroom deals, and broken promises divulged in Slaying the Badger build to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France.

About the Author: Richard Moore is a freelance journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, and The Scotsman. Moore is a former bike racer who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

About Rapha Cycle Clubs: Rapha Cycle Clubs have been created as an inspiring meeting place for road riders around the world. Located in key cycling cities, including New York City and San Francisco, inside you’ll find a retail space stocked with the latest Rapha products, limited edition Cycle Club items, and a café serving the finest coffee and food. The clubs also screen live racing and host exclusive exhibitions and events. The perfect home for the sport and culture of road racing, Rapha Cycle Clubs offer the ultimate Rapha experience.

Media and contact: Dave Trendler, VeloPress, dtrendler@competitorgroup.com, (303) 245-2138

Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernhard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore
Paperback with color photosection
6″ x 9″, 304 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-87-5
Read the first chapter of Slaying the Badger.

slaying the badger by richard moore cover imageSlaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France. Find the book in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online in print and as an e-book:

Bike shops can find book ordering information at velopress.com/shops.

Slaying the Badger Film Will Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Meet the Writer Richard Moore

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Film Version of Slaying the Badger Tells the Inside Story of Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault and the Greatest Tour de France

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to a talk and booksigning with award-winning sports journalist Richard Moore at Rapha Cycle Club New York City before the worldwide film premiere of Slaying the Badger, Moore’s retelling of the 1986 Tour de France rivalry between American Greg LeMond and Frenchman Bernard Hinault. Moore will draw from his extensive first-person interviews with LeMond, Hinault, and their teammates to offer insight into cycling’s greatest rivalry and preview scenes from the movie. Guests will leave the event primed for a deeper appreciation of the film premiere.

Richard Moore at Rapha Cycle Club New York City
Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Rapha Cycle Club New York City
64 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
15-minute walk from the film premiere
(212) 804-5050
www.rapha.cc/nyc

Slaying the Badger World Premiere
Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Tribeca Film Festival
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
Between 8th and 9th Avenues in Chelsea
Tickets available through SVA Theatre

Additional public Tribeca screenings:

  • Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m., AMC Village VII, 66 Third Avenue at 11th Street, NYC
  • Saturday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m., Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street at Laight Street, NYC

About the Book: Slaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry: Greg LeMond vs. Bernhard Hinault at the 1986 Tour de France. In his book, award-winning author Richard Moore traces each story line of the 1986 Tour de France to its source through innumerable interviews—not only with LeMond and Hinault in their own homes but also with teammates, rivals, race directors, journalists, sponsors, and promoters. Told from these many perspectives, the alliances, backroom deals, and broken promises divulged in Slaying the Badger build to the stunning climax of the 1986 Tour de France.

About the Author: Richard Moore is a freelance journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He writes on cycling and sport and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports, and The Scotsman. Moore is a former bike racer who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

About Rapha Cycle Clubs: Rapha Cycle Clubs have been created as an inspiring meeting place for road riders around the world. Located in key cycling cities, including New York City and San Francisco, inside you’ll find a retail space stocked with the latest Rapha products, limited edition Cycle Club items, and a café serving the finest coffee and food. The clubs also screen live racing and host exclusive exhibitions and events. The perfect home for the sport and culture of road racing, Rapha Cycle Clubs offer the ultimate Rapha experience.

Media and contact: Dave Trendler, VeloPress, dtrendler@competitorgroup.com, (303) 245-2138

Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernhard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore
Paperback with color photosection
6″ x 9″, 304 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-87-5
Read the first chapter of Slaying the Badger.

slaying the badger by richard moore cover imageSlaying the Badger is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France. Find the book in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online in print and as an e-book:

Bike shops can find book ordering information at velopress.com/shops.

This Has Been the 1986 Tour de France

We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the 1986 Tour de France, which we feel will go down in history as the greatest ever Tour.

We thank the over 12,000 visitors, 500 Twitter followers, and hundreds of Facebook friends who took time out of their July mornings to follow the race with us here and, more importantly, to share this story.

If you enjoyed this retelling of the 1986 Tour, please be assured that Richard Moore’s new book Slaying the Badger tells the story with far greater skill and in deeper, more fascinating detail. In fact, the book has gotten absolutely rave reviews from the media.

While much of our coverage was excerpted from the book (and drew from Geoff Drake and Jim Ochowicz’s excellent book Team 7-Eleven and the thoroughly enjoyable archives of Velo-news magazine) we have released only the highlights and critical plot moments here. The book has more depth, tension, and yes, even suspense, in part because of Moore’s excellent writing style and interviewing skills.

Slaying the Badger includes dozens of revealing interviews with bike racers and La Vie Claire personnel whose varying recollections of events, changed opinions, personal insights and private confessions paint a complete portrait of LeMond, Hinault, and the years that led up to this, the most important race of their careers and, arguably, the greatest ever Tour de France.

Would you be curious to know what Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Andy Hampsten, Urs Zimmermann, Paul Kochli, and others thought of Slaying the Badger after reading the UK edition? The U.S. edition includes their reactions in a new Afterword.

To replay the 1986 Tour de France on this site (which will only be available for a limited time), please visit this post on Thomas Prehn and then begin clicking “Next” in the upper-right corner of the post to move forward to the next story in the chronology.

VeloPress sincerely thanks you for reading.

Find Slaying the Badger in your local bookstore, bike shop, or online and as an e-book:Slaying the Badger U.S. edition final cover