A fantastic read, Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the greatest ever Tour de France by Richard Moore goes back into the history of the Tour to relive the adrenaline, the agony, the camaraderie, the betrayals and the pure exhilaration of the 1986 Tour de France, which saw an epic battle between veteran Bernard Hinault and the young American, Greg LeMond,
In 1985, Hinault had received help from Greg LeMond in securing his final Tour win. He had battled and fought during the final week with two black eyes and a broken nose – it was heroic stuff. ‘It was Hinault through and through – courage, talent and stubbornness. A year later Hinault kept his promise by helping LeMond to win the Tour, though his exact role in delivering LeMond to the finish line, and his perceived reticence in fulfilling that promise, has been the subject of much scrutiny and controversy’.