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Breaking The Chain: Drugs and Cycling - The True Story [Format Kindle]

Willy Voet

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"A truly horrifying book" (Time Out)

"The most vivid insight into the realities of a sport in which illegal drug use is not only tolerated, but a mundane fact of life" (Observer)

Présentation de l'éditeur

On 8 July 1998 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 chance of playing a competitive part in the 1998 Tour de France. The car was searched, he was immediately arrested and so the story that has been undermining the sport of cycling since the death of Tommy Simpson in 1967, finally broke.

Imprisoned for sixteen days, sacked from the Festina team and ostracised from the sport to which he had dedicated his life, Willy Voet at last was able to tell the truth. His sensational story will change cycling forever.

Cocaine, amphetamines, EPO, heroin - all these are now considered not optional but necessary, not to win but just to compete in the Tour de France. Details of how these drugs are obtained, mixed together to make cocktails, administered and concealed are all included in this graphic and uninhibited account of how drugs brought cycling to its knees.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 238 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1446466175
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (28 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004OEIDN4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting read - leaves you wanting more. 23 février 2005
Par P. Sedun - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book was a very interesting read. The Festina professional cycling team trainer gets caught at a border checkpoint with his team's drug supply for the upcoming Tour de France - and to no one's surprise, the team doesn't back him up (at least not initially).

The book is translated from French, and even though Voet is not a professional author, it's still better written than most of the professional-athlete biographies I've read - many of which were written by ghost writers anyway. Voet was courageous enough to come forward - even though he was probably financially motivated, to at least some degree, after his team essentially abandoned him when he (i.e. they) got caught. As your riders used to say, "Good stuff, Willy!"
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Handling Vials of the Truth 28 octobre 2008
Par Best Of All - Publié sur Amazon.com
It was one of those moments in time that changed the course of a sport. In July 1998, while traveling from Brussels to Belgium, the vehicle that Festina trainer Willy Voet was driving was pulled over by customs inspectors on the Franco-Belgium border. What was found in a routine inspection blew open the dirty secret of the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs under the direction of team officials.

A concealed storage area inside the vehicle was found with drugs earmarked for use in the Tour de France. Voet was arrested and the Festina cycling team was suspended from the prestigious event. An investigation led to the suspension, arrest and prosecution of a number of riders and team staff members. Voet was ultimately convicted of crimes in this sordid affair, given a ten month suspended sentence and fined, while also being banned from the sport for three years.

In this disturbing insider's account of tainted athletic achievement, Voet - while admitting guilt - places his deeds firmly within the realm of a culture where victory at any cost is the price tag. As unsettling as some sections may be, Voet does not sprint away from the reality of pro cycling or point fingers at others for his misdeeds.

These are vials of truth about the syringes ultimately filled with cheating and lying.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The book that had to be written 7 novembre 2004
Par snowleopard - Publié sur Amazon.com
While this is anything but a masterpiece, it's a book that had to be written. A story that had to be told. And judging by the continued show of doping (drug use) in professional cycling, a story that needs to be told repeatedly.

Willy Voet was the trainer for the infamous Festina team who was caught driving over the French border with a carload full of performance enhancing drugs, just before the 1998 Tour de France. Voet at first claimed the drugs were all his. Then, he recanted under pressure, admitting they were for his team. The team dropped out of the Tour, as did many others under police crackdowns, and Voet went to jail for 16 months. When he got out, he forever cemented his career to ruin by spiling his guts in this book (originally in French, "Assembly Line Massacre" - a fitting title). He wrote this very detailed, very disturbing, morbid read of some very sinister goings on. Unfortunately led by himself perhaps most of all. If you want to know most (not all, but most) of the deep, dirty, nasty, evil goings on in professional cycling that is never spoken of, then read this book. In the 6 years since it's publication, sadly not much has changed judging by the frequent positive tests, and admissions of guilt by riders.

There is a negative to this book though. First, while Voet honestly admits what he was doing was wrong, he seems to want to shake some element from his torrid past, like coming clean is a way for forgiveness, yet in reflections in other areas of the book treats much of the cheating he did in his career as matter of fact, almost with amusement, with only fleeting elements of remorse. Honest or not, coming from a man with a rather sinister past, it makes the book hard to read at times. One might also come away reading this book feeling empty from a lack of hard facts. While there is no denying what he did, and what others do, there needs to be another book written on this subject. One written from more researched, fact based information. There are many studies, admissions from riders, positive tests, arrests, lawsuits, etc. to fill binders of information. Some journalist with guts needs to sift through all that information and put together an old-school, hard jouranlistic, non-emotional, fact based book on this nasty subject. Until that time, if you want to know about the deep details of drug use in professional cycling from a few short years ago, this is about all there is. And taken within the context of who the author is, it should be recommended reading for all young athletes.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant expose of doping at the top level in cycling 20 janvier 2013
Par Mapakev - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Brilliant confessional bio on the beginnings of doping in the modern era and the part
Willy Voet played in such activity as soigneur of the Festina Tour de France team in 1998.
That was the year the Tour started in Ireland and Willy's car, loaded with the team's doping supplies,
was intercepted on his way to the ferry to Dublin. He was arrested and the peloton itself
was later ambushed buy the French Police when they landed in France. I recall over half the
riders protesting by dropping their bikes and staging a sit-down on the road. But the game was up,
for the Festina team at least.

This book is so detailed on the methods of doping, EPO, transfusions etc used, the names of some
of the main players involved, I'm amazed that when it was published (2001) it didn't bring
the whole show down at that time......As we know, lance Armstrong went on to win a further 5 tours,
all using EPO/transfusions etc....The UCI certainly have a lot to answer for.

My guess is that this isn't the work of a 100% contrite man......just one who had an axe to grind and he
does so in great style. Very informative, and I followed it up by 'Secret Race' by Tyler Hamilton, another
confessional bio and a brilliantly detailed account of the doping process and how the users were alwaysone step ahead of the testers.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Festina Affair: Pharmacy in the trunk 15 septembre 2010
Par purecarver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The level of drug taking in professional cycling has the "trunk" finally opened on the teams "medical programs". I have some sympathy for Voet about being handled roughly by the police but, sure, he knew exactly what was going on since he was part of the "unspoken alliance" between riders and teams about drug use in the Tour and other races in Europe. He was being played as the scapegoat for the Festina's Team upper bosses but finally got some help when Director and Doctor confessed. Unfortunately, after a long career in cycling he is still blacklisted from the sport. For all of the recreational cyclists and fans who think their idols are superhuman, take a deeper look into the long and dark side of PED's in bike racing.
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