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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Willy Voet’s arrest before the Tour de France set off a firestorm of doping revelations in the world of professional cycling.

Breaking The Chain: Drugs and Cycling – The True Story

So it was, in every possible way, a fair cop. See our Returns Policy. Adrian rated it really liked it Mar 10, Feb 02, Jason Frost rated it it was amazing. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. A Race for Madmen: Willy Voet’s story is a good one although his stories feel like an endless list of anecdotes that he pieced together to pad out his book.

To ask other readers questions about Breaking The Chainplease sign up. Much of this is in the realm of hearsay or gossip of the “I knew a rider who” variety, to protect people’s identities.

Some of it, also, as this intelligent, perceptive portrait brings to life, was down to his sheer charisma – the combination of a blunt, unaffected manner with a genius for astutely projecting the image he wanted. Books by Willy Voet. Aug 31, Craig Hall rated it liked it. Rykaert died soon after the Festina trial and Voet left the sport to become a bus driver.


Willy Voet was, as anyone besides the most dedicated cyclista can be forgiven for forgetting, the Festina team soigneur who was stopped by customs officers at the Belgian border on the eve of the Tour. But it must be said, with no disrespect to William Fotheringham this time in his capacity as Voet’s translatorthat Breaking the Chain joins a long and undistinguished list of very badly written books by retired participants in pro cycling. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status.

The car was searched, he was immediately arrested and so the story that has been undermining the sport of cycling for over 30 years, was at last exposed. Escape from Camp Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. No trivia or quizzes yet. We appreciate your feedback. In his eyes, as in the eyes of many Simpson fans, the rider is always innocent, even when he is plainly a dope cheat.

This is a gripping story, and well worth the read if you have any interest in Pro Cycling. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Willy Voet

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I think it would be much better if all cyclists rode clean and did not rely on drugs to perform fantastic feats of strength etc.

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The title should be at least 4 characters long. Mar 06, Chad rated it really liked it Shelves: Dominique Sobczak rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Voet eventually received a three-year suspended sentence and lost his job. In Voet’s car was a large supply of banned performance-enhancing drugs, including the blood-doping agent erythropoetin Ailly and human growth hormone.

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His sensational story will change cycling forever. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny. A world champion, the first Englishman to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, victor in several of the one-day classics that have long been hugely popular spectacles on the Continent, Simpson was surpassingly the most successful British cyclist not only of his era, the s, but of all time.


A stripped-bare first hand account of the Festina affair written by one of the pawns who lost his livelihood because of his involvement. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France.

Junokili rated it really liked it Oct willly, 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I think history has found that he was not working for himself and the team were thhe disgraced.

A desperate need to stay with the leaders was one; dehydration due to a stomach upset and the intense heat of the day was another. The surprising ease of which drugs can be taken and are soon untraceable means that no professional sport is devoid of this problem and this unique insite will pull the wool from your eyes.

Afterwards the sport tried to clean up, only to find that the riders had moved on to a more sophisticated regime Trivia About Breaking The Chai 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.

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