45 min

Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore Sportspages

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The 1986 Tour De France is arguably the greatest of its 106 editions. Not just for the racing itself but for the incredible rivalry between La Vie Clare teammates and rivals Bernard Hinault - the defending champion and 5 time winner - and the young American upstart Greg LeMond. At the '85 Tour in which Hinault won, the Frenchman claimed he would help his young teammate to win the following year. But 'the Badger' as he was known, failed to stick to his word and attacked relentlessly, piling the pressure onto LeMond. In episode 11 of Sportspages, Richard Moore tells Simon Clancy about how Slaying the Badger came about, what it was like meeting the pair 25 years later, and their roles in a race that played out like a three-week long psychological drama with extraordinary levels of subterfuge. 

The 1986 Tour De France is arguably the greatest of its 106 editions. Not just for the racing itself but for the incredible rivalry between La Vie Clare teammates and rivals Bernard Hinault - the defending champion and 5 time winner - and the young American upstart Greg LeMond. At the '85 Tour in which Hinault won, the Frenchman claimed he would help his young teammate to win the following year. But 'the Badger' as he was known, failed to stick to his word and attacked relentlessly, piling the pressure onto LeMond. In episode 11 of Sportspages, Richard Moore tells Simon Clancy about how Slaying the Badger came about, what it was like meeting the pair 25 years later, and their roles in a race that played out like a three-week long psychological drama with extraordinary levels of subterfuge. 

45 min

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