The end of the road : the Festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

The end of the road : the Festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

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The Tour de France is always one of the sporting calendar's most spectacular and dramatic events. But the 1998 Tour provided drama like no other. As the opening stages in Ireland unfolded, the Festina team's soigneur Willy Voet was arrested on the FrenchBelgian border with a car-load of drugs. Raid after police raid followed, with arrest after arrest hammering the Tour. In protest, there were riders' strikes and go-slows, with several squads withdrawing en masse andone expelled. By the time the Tour reached Paris, just 96 of the 189 starters remained. And of those 189 starters, more than a quarter were later reported to have doped. The 1998 'Tour de Farce's' status as one of the most scandal-struck sporting events in history was confirmed. Voet's arrest was just the beginning of sport's biggest mass doping controversy what became known as the Festina affair. It all but destroyed professional cycling as the credibility of the entire sport was called into question and the cycling family began to split apart. And yet, ironically, the 1998 Tour was also one of the best races in years. The End of the Road is the first English-language book to provide in-depth analysis and a colourful evocation of the tumultuous events during the 1998 Tour. Alasdair Fotheringham explores its long-term consequences and what, if any, lessons were learned.


Productspecificaties

Categorie
SISO
618.54 - Wielrennen
Onderwerp / PIM
Leeftijdsgroep
Moeilijkheidsgraad
Materiaalsoort
ISBN
9781472913036
Taal
Jaar van uitgave
2016
Uitvoering boek
Aantal pagina's
344 pagina's, 16 ongenummerde
Hoogte
234
Breedte
151
Aantal banden
1
Bestelnummer
2016205717