Breaking the Chain Drugs and Cycling – The True Story by Willy Voet. Introduction by Gerard Knapp Cyclingnews has obtained online rights to publish extracts. Breaking the Chain: Drugs and Cycling – the True Story by Willy Voet, trans William Fotheringham pp, Yellow Jersey, £ The Rider. On 8 July Festina team soigneur Willy Voet was stopped by the police. In his car were the drugs the team needed if they were to have any.

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In the end, his finest revelation – unintentionally its funniest – comes right at the off. Escape from Camp Whatever pretension Voet has to being a chin rings pretty hollow, given that the book is the work of a convicted man. The Fall and Rise of David Millar.

Fair play to the author for exposing it all. However, I soon realised that there is no filler or boring sections to flick through. If he takes performance-enhancing drugs, this is a Faustian pact forced upon him by the greed of sponsors and admiration of the public.

Breaking The Chain: Drugs and Cycling – The True Story by Willy Voet

Kinda takes all the respect out of sport in general. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. So Lance was sort of correct!

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Turning adversity to advantage, he penned this, the “inside story” of the drugs bust, and created a bestseller out of the scandal. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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The maseur who was caught with a load of drugs going over the French border in and thus sparked what became known as the Festina affair. This is the story written by the masseur.


Willy was just doing what he knew, and it was well known that everyone was ‘charging’ in those days. Viva la tour, Lance once said; I say pray the honest rider comes through and ascends the challenges they face to gain ultimate glory!

See if you have enough points for this item. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Fotheringham, known to those cycling fans who read the sports pages of the Guardian as a correspondent who, frankly, can never be given enough column inches, is well qualified to tell the tale. I wanted to read this book because it was written by one of the little guys.

My Life on a Bike. The book also includes photographs of the written doping records he used to keep track of the different performance-enhancing drugs and dosages he had given to each of the team’s cyclists. So it was, in every possible way, a fair cop. You’ve successfully reported this review. Deadly and damaging to the human body. Talk to anyone old enough to remember Simpson’s sacrifice – and Fotheringham’s mission has been to speak to as many surviving witnesses as possible – and you still hear something akin to the religious fervour of disciples.

His sensational story will change cycling forever. I chose this book as I have a keen interest in drugs I don’t know anything about cycling so I struggled a little but persevered. Jan 20, Ian rated it really liked it.

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Check date values in: That Fotheringham did not is our gain. His sensational story will change cycling forever. The intricacies of the deep dark world of cycle racing and drug taking cyclists.


What is most shocking about Willy Voet’s story is how far the rot in cycling did go, not only in the peloton itself, but also among the support staff: After initially freelancing, he obtained his first contract as a soigneur with the Flandria team. Sep 28, Garrett Burnett voer it really liked it Shelves: Yes, he was guilty of everything that he was charged with, but it is an amazing story of what really happened behind the scenes of a cycling team that dopes.

Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition. It was fascinating to learn just how much of the job it was to pick up, inject and help riders get drugs into their systems. February 28, Imprint: Seems honest and sincere in his account.

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Sent from and sold by Amazon. The doctors “helped” riders evade drugs tests all the while just about everybody else knew what was going on – and that includes the UCI – and nobody did anything to change the system. Simon Fletcher rated it liked it Nov 13, One person found this helpful.

What Fotheringham’s book does well is delicately to uncover just how it is that the hero’s very fallibility, his “dubiety” as Barnes has it, has added a paradoxical fascination to the legend of this “golden boy” of British cycling.