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  • Published: 15 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224092050
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Badger

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling


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The definitive biography of France’s greatest cyclist by the number one bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion.

Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed the ‘Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. His battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond in the 1986 Tour resulted in one of the greatest races of all time.

Three decades on from his retirement, Hinault remains the last French winner of the Tour de France. Here, William Fotheringham shows that while France may one day find a new champion, there will never be another Bernard Hinault.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224092050
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

William Fotheringham

William Fotheringham is the number-one bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. He writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby and is the critically lauded author of Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called `the best cycling biography ever written’. A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling and Cycle Sport magazines, he has reported on over twenty Tours de France.

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Praise for The Badger

“One of cycling’s most fascinating characters”

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“A thorough, well-researched and highly readable biography about one of cycling's best ever riders”

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