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From doping to redemption, this is the controversial, internationally bestselling tell-all memoir from the golden boy of Dutch cycling, Thomas Dekker.

'I have success, money, women. I've been lionised by the public and the media. The world is at my feet. I've spread my wings and here I am, soaring above everything and everyone. But in reality, the descent has already begun.'

Thomas Dekker was set to become one of pro cycling’s superstars. But before long, he found himself sucked in by the lure of hedonistic highs and troubled by the intense pressure to perform.

In The Descent, Dekker tells his story of hotel room blood bags, shady rendezvous with drug dealers and late-night partying at the Tour de France. This is Dekker’s journey from youthful idealism to a sordid path of excess and doping that lays bare cycling’s darkest secrets like never before.

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An extraordinary autobiography… Dekker luridly details how he embraced the dark side

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    9781785037436

    April 15, 2018

    Ebury Press

    224 pages

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    9781473551763

    July 20, 2017

    Ebury Digital

    224 pages

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