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The End of the Road. The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling

9781472913043

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 uncovers, step by step, how the world's biggest bike race sank into a nightmarish series of scandals that left the sport on its knees. He explores its long-term consequences – and what, if any, lessons were learned. 

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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 French–Belgian 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.

AutorAlasdair Fotheringham
ISBN9781472913043
Páginas352
FormatoPaperback
Fecha publicación01/08/2017
EditorialBloomsbury Sport
LenguaInglés
Medidas0 x 0 cm

“This book provides a fascinating insight into how low a professional team will go to achieve their goal” –  www.cambridge-news.co.uk

“[A] thoroughly researched book” –  www.cambridge-news.co.uk

Alasdair Fotheringham. Periodista free lance que reside en España. Escribe regularmente sobre ciclismo para The Independent.co.uk, The Express, ProCycling y Cyclingnews. Su primer libro fue una extraordinaria biografía sobre Federico Martín Bahamontes. Ha escrito también un libro sobre Luis Ocaña, considerado el gran rival de Eddy Merck.

AutorAlasdair Fotheringham
ISBN9781472913043
Páginas352
FormatoPaperback
Fecha publicación01/08/2017
EditorialBloomsbury Sport
LenguaInglés
Medidas0 x 0 cm

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 French–Belgian 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.

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11/09/2019

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Este libro recoge los hechos de lo acontecido en el Tour de 1998, pero no sólo se dedica a narrar que pasó, si no que reconstruye muy bien todo el ambiente que se vivió en ese momento así como sitúa los acontecimientos en un contexto convirtiendo este libro en la mejor herramienta para revivir (o como en mi caso, conocer) todo lo que supuso el caso Festina. El libro cuenta con los testimonios 15 años después de muchos de los protagonistas de aquel Tour. También recoge muchísimos fragmentos de numerosas biografías de ciclistas o personajes que tratan el tema, lo que ayuda a construir el relato y demuestra el gran trabajo llevado a cabo por el autor, ya que no sólo narra lo acontecido en esos 23 días si no que muestra la influencia que el caso Festina tuvo y tiene sobre el ciclismo. Además, con el libro vienen incluidas unas láminas con fotografías de aquel Tour, lo que sorprende dado su precio.

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    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

    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 uncovers, step by step, how the world's biggest bike race sank into a nightmarish series of scandals that left the sport on its knees. He explores its long-term consequences – and what, if any, lessons were learned. 

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    “This book provides a fascinating insight into how low a professional team will go to achieve their goal” –  www.cambridge-news.co.uk

    “[A] thoroughly researched book” –  www.cambridge-news.co.uk

    Alasdair Fotheringham. Periodista free lance que reside en España. Escribe regularmente sobre ciclismo para The Independent.co.uk, The Express, ProCycling y Cyclingnews. Su primer libro fue una extraordinaria biografía sobre Federico Martín Bahamontes. Ha escrito también un libro sobre Luis Ocaña, considerado el gran rival de Eddy Merck.

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