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A Clean Break: My Story par [Bassons, Christophe, Hopquin, Benoît]
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Christophe Bassons is a former professional cyclist. His career was a successful one albeit never in the full glare of the media. That all changed when, in 1998, the Festina doping scandal broke and Bassons shot to fame as one of the handful of clean riders in the peloton - and as the only professional who dared to speak openly about the topic.

Having been seen as a possible champion, his instinctive and stubborn refusal to dope saw him outstripped in physique, stamina and speed by men he'd once equalled or exceeded. His willingness to denounce the doping culture set him against the entire ethos of professional cycling: owners, management and his peers - the likes of Lance Armstrong, Richard Virenque, Christophe Moreau.

A year later, Bassons' career was over. Having clashed publicly with other riders - notably with Armstrong during the 1999 Tour de France - and written in French newspapers of his disbelief and disgust, Bassons found himself exhausted and exiled - chewed up and spat out by the sport he loved.

First published in French in 2000 and now updated following recent revelations from Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and other high-profile figures, A Clean Break is unmissable reading for all cycling fans. It offers a unique and heartbreaking take on the subject.

Biographie de l'auteur

Christophe Bassons was a professional cyclist between 1996 and 2001, racing with the likes of Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and Richard Virenque. He now works for the French Ministry of Sport and Culture to prevent doping. Peter Cossins has been writing and reporting on cycling for over 20 years. He is a former editor of Procycling and the author of The Monuments.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 At long last...the truth for those who wants to accept it 8 janvier 2016
Par Franman - Publié sur
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Having read quite a few books on the whole doping (and continuing) saga of doping in professional cycling, this book left me feeling both positive and negative...

It firstly left me with a feeling of despair, dismay and hopelessness for the future of cycling. Reading of the fact that cycling has for decades had this cancer eating away at it, and in all probability will not heal unless the UCI really gets rid of the tumors made me sad and angry. Sad that the heroes of the past have all doped and therefore are not really who they have seemed to be (but funnily enough we all suspected it!), and angry that nothing substantial is being done about this continuing issue. The fact that Armstrong still has incriminating evidence that he doesn't want to make public (read chapter on "Lance and I"), and that the UCI isn't really fighting to have this revealed, just goes to show that there isn't a mentality of trying to rid the sport of this problem.

Too many dopers (cheaters) have the mentality of doping and afterwards "apologizing" by trying to justify their actions by saying that they "had to because others did it". They in fact did not have to, as can be seen from Christophe's career. Sure, they would also not have had the fame, money, cars, girls etc. etc., but if everyone stood against it, then all would have been fair and square...If only everyone in the sport had his mentality, the sport would have been honest and true to its supporters!

The book did leave me being positive reading that there still are sportsmen out there that are honest to themselves, who doesn't get their fame dishonestly and by cheating. Christophe's been true to his personal conviction that to dope is cheating himself. One of the most truest sentences in this book is true in stating that doping makes a mediocre cyclist into a good cyclist, which is exactly why those who cheat does it - to be better than they really are.

Well done Mr Bassons on being an honest sportsman! I am convinced that your efforts in cleaning up and keeping the sport clean in France is paying off, purely because of the fact that the French teams don't really feature in The Tour. It is evident that other teams are not where your teams are in their efforts to clean up the sport!

A good read for those who wants to know and accept the truth.

Where to from here? I am pretty sure I won't be supporting this sport in the future...
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sad and repetitive. 14 octobre 2015
Par Premium7 - Publié sur
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Huge respect for Bassons. The fortitude to continue to resist when all those around him were folding is recognised. Where it is sad is Bassons ongoing, seemingly blind, destruction of all of his professional relationships. Where it is repetitive is the ongoing toggle between 'should I just dope or not'.

One sentence sums up what would have been a very different and far more interesting/impactful read: "To be honest, I'm tired of constantly talking about the past, about my problems with Lance Armstrong and Richard Virenque. What I would like now is for people to listen to my position on what is currently happening, but what I perceive is familiar." My feeling is that he should write that book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A valuable take on cycling's dirtiest era 10 janvier 2015
Par G. Burnett - Publié sur
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This felt like the flipside to "The Wheelmen" and "The Secret Race" and books of that ilk. Bassons is not as fiery and animated as Kimmage (in "A Rough Ride"), but to his credit, he survived a very dirty period in the sport and did it clean. He has no love lost for Richard Virenque and a few others, but doesn't seem to be especially bitter. He doesn't dwell on the "what ifs," though he clearly had enormous natural talent. He is famous for a Tour de France run-in with Lance Armstrong, and he give suitable airtime to that event. In the end, there is a pronounced contrast between him and Armstrong in their lives outside of cycling.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful and real, Bassons deserves a Yellow Jersey! 3 janvier 2016
Par Peter A. Wicker - Publié sur
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I am not much on writing reviews but this book calls to me I am an avid cyclist and the way Bassons writes I feel like I am right beside him on the bike. Remember the first time you rode your bike? I do and Bassons explains the drug culture in the peloton and also the hardships of a clean rider. Was he tempted? yes, did he submit? NO! I loved the book and could not put it down. Let's hope the next generation of Pro Racers will be racing clean and not be ostracized by this sport.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book by a great man 8 juin 2015
Par lars Frick - Publié sur
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I have read a lot of cycling biographies and Christophe Bassons has managed to provide a rather unique insight into the life in the peloton. Obviously, perhaps since he had the rare position to participate a l'eau claire... A very personal and interesting account. Surprisingly, Lance Armstrong comes across as less than a coward than I previously thought in Bassons book despite the fact that LA "attacked " Bassons in TdF. A good read.
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