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, Bernard 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.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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, Bernard 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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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, Bernard 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.

Greg LeMond Visits White House

Greg LeMond helped raise America’s awareness of bicycling racing another notch beyond winning the Tour de France when he visited the White House for a private meeting with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

Immediately upon leaving the White House, LeMond was confronted with a gaggle of reporters from the White House press corps, all of whom were likely seeing a professional bicycle racer for the first time. He took questions and spoke his replies into a thicket of microphones before him like any member of the Senate or Congress.

“I was shocked to be invited to the White House,” LeMond told reporters. “I didn’t think it would happen. I am happy that I got some recognition for cycling. I think that meeting with the President is my highest award. it is probably the biggest honor in my life to be invited to the White House.”

Accompanying LeMond were his wife, Kathy, and their son Geoffrey, age two and a half. LeMond presented President Reagan with a yellow jersey he had won as race leader in the Tour. President Reagan awarded LeMond with a jar of jelly beans, the President’s favorite candy, and two silver cups which were boxed and wrapped in gold paper embossed with the Presidential seal.

LeMond said the amount of media attention he has had since winning the Tour in Paris has been nearly overwhelming. He said he has been subjected to such a whirlwind of interviews and other engagements that he has had only five hours of sleep a night. “My life has just been nonstop,” he said with a weary smile.

His meeting with the President had to be postponed for a day. “I was feeling sick from exhaustion,” LeMond explained. Fortunately, it was not due to food poisoning. “It has been shocking to see the amount of press coverage I have had during the last few days. People even recognize me on the streets now because they’ve seen me on television.”

He said he was glad to see that his victory in France has helped cycling get more visibility in the United States. “American journalists and the American public don’t understand how important cycling is and how tough it is. All this publicity helps.”

When LeMond was asked if there was an ill will between him and five-time winner Bernard Hinault who had been his chief rival in the Tour despite being his teammate, LeMond smiled and simply shook is head. “We get along well,” he said, adding that Hinault was coming over to ride in the Coors Classic stage race which begins August 9 in San Francisco.

“There is a lot of pressure on me to ride well,” he said. “People saw me win the Tour de France and expect me to win the Coors Classic again like I did last year. Right now I need to spend some time just relaxing. I want to play golf for four or five days. I started playing golf a couple of years ago. I usually shoot 90 to 95 when I play.”

–Peter Nye for Velo-news

LeMond visits White House Velo-news

Greg LeMond Wins the Tour de France!

After what some observers have called the most exciting Tour de France ever, Greg LeMond today completed the 2,542 mile Tour in 110 hours, 35 minutes, and 19 seconds to become the first American to win the race.

Greg LeMond first American to win the Tour de France 1986 Velo-news

With the help of his American teammate Andy Hampsten, Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France.

Despite repeated attacks throughout the race from his La Vie Claire teammate Bernard Hinault, LeMond bested the French patron and 5-time Tour winner by 3 minutes 10 seconds, overcoming the Badger’s five-minute lead mid-race.

But there was one more minor scare in store for LeMond on today’s final, traditionally ceremonial stage into Paris. The final stage was a marathon 255 km on undulating roads from Cosne-sur-Loire into central Paris. After the champagne and the photos and the general cavorting, there was a crash in the middle of the peloton. At the bottom of the heap was LeMond.

It was a crash caused by inattention, probably induced by extreme fatigue, rather than sabotage. As LeMond picked up himself and his bike, which he inspected and remounted, body and machine were intact.

After a physically and mentally exhausting 4,300 km, 3 weeks, 23 stages, and 110 hours of racing, LeMond, as he began to chase back to the peloton, looked up and was confronted, in the no-man’s-land between him and the pack of riders, by a sight that almost knocked him off his bike again.

Ahead of him, standing on the pedals and slow-pedaling as he waited to pace his American teammate back to the peloton, was Bernard Hinault.

Greg LeMond first American to win the Tour de France 1986 Velo-news

Greg LeMond has won the Tour de France.

Today’s race report was adapted from Richard Moore’s new book Slaying the Badger, an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France. Slaying the Badger U.S. edition final cover

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

Hinault Is Worth His Weight in Beans

After Bernard Hinault was weighed so he could be given his weight in coffee by cycling trade sponsor Cafe de Colombia, it was on to stage 22, a 194km ceremonial march from Clermont- Ferrand to Nevers.

A breakaway containing Hampsten, Bauer, and Kiefel was chased down by the Carrera team.

Bomtempi’s sprint victory over Hoste and Vanderaerden looked almost a formality.

LeMond remains in yellow and his victory in Paris tomorrow seems certain.

The stage results:
1. Bontempi 5:12:55 (37.18 kph)
2. Hoste s.t.
3. Vanderaerden s.t.

Watch the final km and sprint finish below:

The Badger Is Slain! Hinault Finally Concedes to LeMond

Today’s stage 21 was a hilly one that finished atop the Puy de Dôme—the spectacular dome-shaped volcanic plug in the Massif Central. The Puy de Dôme is a climb of rich symbolism and incident, where Hinault had fancied claiming his first yellow jersey in 1978, where Eddy Merckx had been punched in the kidneys three years earlier. This year, the mountain’s role is to perhaps allow a challenger to make one last, desperate bid for the yellow jersey.

Hinault led up one of the early climbs, the Croix de l’Homme Mort. But there was a different air about him. He rode with authority, as the patron, but the large group of riders bunched comfortably behind him indicated that the pace he was setting wasn’t ferocious. Hinault was controlling rather than igniting the race. He wasn’t trying to drive a group clear as he had done in the Pyrenees. His goal now seemed more modest: to stay at the head and arrive at the summit first to collect points to consolidate his lead in the King of the Mountains competition.

LeMond kept his loyal teammates Bauer and Hampsten in close attendance, acting as watchdogs, following their master as he moved around the peloton, trying to keep him among the first 20 riders, where it was safer and he could remain vigilant.

In fact, it was Hampsten, not LeMond, who had a problem. A puncture saw him drop back for a wheel change. Yet as he remounted his bike and began to chase, Hampsten was joined by teammates Alain Vigneron and Charly Bérard, who had dropped back when they saw he had a problem. Now they were helping him recapture the peloton. Given the division there’d been in the team, Hampsten was a little surprised, pleasantly surprised. “Hey, thanks,” he told them.

“Are you kidding?” Vigneron responded. “Your fourth place is worth 45,000 francs” [to the pool of money split by the team after the Tour.]

As they began to climb the Puy de Dôme, past an enormous banner that read, “Hinault—6 Tours,” the lead group began to splinter.

Hinault conceded his place at the front. With his job done and his King of the Mountains title secure, he began to slip back. At the summit, LeMond finished among the leaders, in 17th. Hinault came in 34th, 52 seconds farther back. As he approached the line, he eased up, stood on the pedals, and stretched his back. It indicated he wasn’t concerned about losing a little more time.

It was his way of running up the white flag.

Today’s race report was adapted from Richard Moore’s new book Slaying the Badger, 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:Slaying the Badger U.S. edition final cover