Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France

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Random House, May 27, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages

Even the biggest cycling 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 exposé 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.

‘Whatever you think about doping, you must read this book ... Well-balanced, considered, compelling’ Rouleur

Shortlisted for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year


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Jeremy Whittle is a widely published cycling journalist, and as the blurb on the back cover says, this is an account of his transition from hard core fan of cycling sport (as epitomised by the ... Read full review


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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).

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