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Less the story of the Festina Affair and more 101 stories and anecdotes from the 1998 tour told in cringe worthy and annoying accents that do nothing to help follow the thread. Fair to say I heard this more than listened to it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I've been a big cycling fan since 2011 and before that was interested and aware but wouldn't say I was a big fan, anyway. I had curious about the 1998 Tour and what triggered the Anti-Doping culture (only to be smashed by a certain Texan).
It was a good 'read' and did cover everything but found it jumping around a bit, I think this is because a lot of the people weren't people I knew.
It was interesting so don't let me put you off but be prepared for a heavy 'read'.
I enjoyed getting book overall. detailed and well researched. I could have done without the readers voices when reading quotes and his tendency to adopt an inflection from a 50s radio broadcast.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The book is great, and I plan on buying the print version. But four chapters in, I could no longer bear the performance. It is a terrible match for the subject: overly theatrical, pedantic style reminiscent of a bad Victorian play. The accents in quotes are cringe-worthy, and the pronounciation of Flemish names is terrible (the French ones are ok). Awful.