The Badger

The Badger
The Badger

The Badger

The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling
By William Fotheringham


384 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $21.99 (US $21.99)

ISBN 9781613734186

Rights: US

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2015)


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The thrilling life of France’s finest cyclist
Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Three decades after his retirement, Hinault remains the last Frenchman to win the Tour de France and his victory in 1985 marks the turning point for a nation who had dominated the first eight decades of the race they had invented. In this biography, bestselling author William Fotheringham details how Hinault, nicknamed the “Badger” for his combative style, was the last old-school champion: a larger-than-life personality from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major tours, and one-day classics. A full portrait of this fascinating character, The Badger also explores the reasons why France, the nation that considers itself cycling’s home, has found it so hard to produce another champion.


“As Fotheringham writes in this fleet, personality-drenched book, Hinault was a throwback to Breton cycling at its most elemental and ferocious. The author is also fascinating on the rise of cycling as a sport in the period after World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fotheringham's biography of Bernard Hinault not only allows us to remember what it was all like when Hinault was in his prime, but also to dream of what it might be like if the French renaissance delivers all it promises.” —Podium Café

“Cycling fans will love this book and will be glued to it like their saddles.” —Outside Ohio 

“an enjoyable read with tantalizing detail. For all libraries wanting to update their cycling and sports collections.” —Library Journal

Author Biography

William Fotheringham is the cycling correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, covering the Tour de France as well as the Olympic Games. He launched Cycle Sport magazine in 1993 and ProCycling magazine and website in 1998. He is the author of A Century of Cycling; Cycle Racing; Fallen Angel; Half Man, Half Bike: The Life of Eddy Merckx; and Put Me Back on My Bike.