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The End of the Road: The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling: Alasdair Fotheringham: Bloomsbury Sport

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

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. And yet, ironically, the 1998 Tour was also one of the best races in years. The first mountain stage had gone perfectly, too, with Riis and Udo Bölts working well as Ullrich's key climbing domestiques. Fotheringham obviously is well versed in cycling and the people involved. Very detailed, long winded account of the Festina affair and those that were part of it.

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

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

Voet's arrest was just the beginning of sport's biggest mass doping controversy — what became known as the Festina affair. . 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. He explores its long-term consequences and what, if any, lessons were learned. Or the abundance of factual errors. But the 1998 Tour provided drama like no other. Voet's arrest was just the beginning of sport's biggest mass doping controversy what became known as the Festina affair.

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The End of the Road : The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling: Alasdair Fotheringham: 9781472913050: Telegraph bookshop

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

In protest, there were riders' strikes and go-slows, with several squads withdrawing en masse and one expelled. But the 1998 Tour provided drama like no other. 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. 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. But the 1998 Tour provided drama like no other.

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The End of the Road: The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling: Alasdair Fotheringham: Bloomsbury Sport

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

Based in Spain, Fotheringham works as a freelance journalist and has written articles for The Independent, The Independent On Sunday, The Guardian, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, Cycling Weekly and Reuters. We also discuss how much has cycling changed since those days and what lessons can the sport still learn, while there are brief cameo interviews with several riders who took part in the race. By the time the Tour reached Paris, just 96 of the 189 starters remained. 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. The prose convoluted at times. As the opening stages in Ireland unfolded, the Festina team's soigneur, Willy Voet, was arrested at the French-Belgian border with a carload of drugs. I am a long time cyclist and fan of the sport.

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The End of the Road: The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling: Alasdair Fotheringham: Bloomsbury Sport

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

I think if I knew more about the events and people involved I might have found the details provided fascinating. Not the definitive book about the race that it was hyped as. The Tour de France is always one of the sporting calendar's most spectacular and dramatic events. Very well researched with a limited scope in this case a good thing. He has been The Independent's cycling correspondent since 2001, and having covered the Tour de France 17 times, Fotheringham covered the Olympic Games for the first time in 2008. Outside of cycling aficionados, there are sections of the book that will be hard to follow. 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.

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The End of the Road : The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling: Alasdair Fotheringham: 9781472913050: Telegraph bookshop

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

And of those 189 starters, more than a quarter were later reported to have doped. Too late to claim the stage win from fellow Italian Rodolfo Massi, Pantani's second place was enough to pull back 23 seconds on the German. 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. The Tour de France is always one of the sporting calendar's most spectacular and dramatic events. Most of the nine riders alongside Ullrich were mountain climbers, with Bobby Julich the only talented time triallist to survive the cull, which saw the German back in yellow following its two-day 'loan' to Desbiens.

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The Festina Affair 20 years on

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

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. He explores its long-term consequences - and what, if any, lessons were learned. He explores its long-term consequences and what, if any, lessons were learned. I am obviously not the audience for this book. But when Pantani finally made it on to the Tour's radar for the first time in the race, on the Col de Peyresourde climb in the Pyrenees, it looked to be no more than a symbolic reminder of the true identity of cycling's King of the Mountains. Alasdair Fotheringham is a British foreign affairs and sports journalist, specializing in cycle racing.

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

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

He explores its long-term consequences and what, if any, lessons were learned. Voet's arrest was just the beginning of cycling's biggest mass doping controversy—what became known as the Festina affair. By the time the Tour reached Paris, just 96 of the 189 starters remained. But this book is written for someone who also knows the cycling world well. I think the information and insights into that time were very interesting and I did enjoy it a great deal.

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The End Of The Road The Festina Affair And The Tour That Almost Wrecked Cycling Download

the end of the road the festina affair and the tour that almost wrecked cycling

This of course all happened in an age before social media, and Fotheringham gives a fascinating insight into how a number of parties, not least the media, wrestled with the ever-changing landscape and narrative. Let me say this again, very detailed of those who were part of this cycling take down. Alasdair Fotheringham uncovers how the world's biggest bike race sank into such scandal. The Tour de France is always one of the sporting calendar's most spectacular and dramatic events. Therefore, I remember watching this unfold at the time. He explores its long-term consequences — and what, if any, lessons were learned.

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