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Breaking The Chain: Drugs and Cycling - The True Story [Kindle Edition]

Willy Voet
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The publishing of Breaking the Chain must surely rub salt into cycling's ugly wounds. The sport is still reeling from the explosion of controversy that was sparked by the arrest of Team Festina backroom staff member Willy Voet and his cargo of narcotics, on the Franco-Belgian border on July 8, 1998. The subsequent police investigation uncovered a drugs scandal that destroyed that year's Tour de France but Voet sensationally claims in Breaking The Chain, endemic cheating has been at the heart of the sport for years.

Voet's role as team "pharmacist"--ferrying and administering the cocktails of performance-enhancing drugs--made him the invisible hand that shaped the fortunes of one of the sport's most successful teams and he spares little detail in relating how it was done. Step-by-step guides to the business of "charging" on amphetamines and testosterone, administering mid-race injections and the secrets of beating the dope tests, are revealed for the first time.

.You slip the part of the tube fitted with the condom up the backside, inject clean urine up the tube ... cork it and stick it to the skin following the line of the perineum as far as the testicles ... this system was never bettered ... I used it for three years without any worries.

This is an astonishing story and Voet's is an amusing, candid voice--strong on the thrills of cheating and on the horrors of being caught--but given the ongoing investigations, and that fact the Voet, along with other senior members of the Festina team, is living under the cloud of a suspended prison sentence, it is hard to gauge whether the author's version of events has itself been "doctored". He names specific individuals related to the Festina case but protects the identities of other cheats that he claims operated on the pro circuit and it remains to be seen whether the full story of the scandal has now been told. --Alex Hankin


“A moving and spirited account of lying and cheating on behalf of some of the biggest names in cycling.” -- Independent

Breaking the Chain provides a unique account of drug abuse in cycling... a memorable book.” -- New Statesman


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Closer view behind ProCycling of the 90th 1. Januar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Vote describes openly the drug reality in the scene and the inefficiency of doping controles at this time. Who is interested in the disclosure of names of Pros will be disappointed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessanter Bericht 22. April 2010
Von Uhu Buhu
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...nur hätte man sich ein paar mehr Namen gewünscht und ein bißchen mehr über die Beschaffung der illegalen Dopingmittel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very interesting read - leaves you wanting more. 23. Februar 2005
Von P. Sedun - Veröffentlicht auf
This book was a very interesting read. The Festina professional cycling team trainer gets caught at a border checkpoint with his team's drug supply for the upcoming Tour de France - and to no one's surprise, the team doesn't back him up (at least not initially).

The book is translated from French, and even though Voet is not a professional author, it's still better written than most of the professional-athlete biographies I've read - many of which were written by ghost writers anyway. Voet was courageous enough to come forward - even though he was probably financially motivated, to at least some degree, after his team essentially abandoned him when he (i.e. they) got caught. As your riders used to say, "Good stuff, Willy!"
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Handling Vials of the Truth 28. Oktober 2008
Von Best Of All - Veröffentlicht auf
It was one of those moments in time that changed the course of a sport. In July 1998, while traveling from Brussels to Belgium, the vehicle that Festina trainer Willy Voet was driving was pulled over by customs inspectors on the Franco-Belgium border. What was found in a routine inspection blew open the dirty secret of the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs under the direction of team officials.

A concealed storage area inside the vehicle was found with drugs earmarked for use in the Tour de France. Voet was arrested and the Festina cycling team was suspended from the prestigious event. An investigation led to the suspension, arrest and prosecution of a number of riders and team staff members. Voet was ultimately convicted of crimes in this sordid affair, given a ten month suspended sentence and fined, while also being banned from the sport for three years.

In this disturbing insider's account of tainted athletic achievement, Voet - while admitting guilt - places his deeds firmly within the realm of a culture where victory at any cost is the price tag. As unsettling as some sections may be, Voet does not sprint away from the reality of pro cycling or point fingers at others for his misdeeds.

These are vials of truth about the syringes ultimately filled with cheating and lying.
4.0 von 5 Sternen The book that had to be written 7. November 2004
Von snowleopard - Veröffentlicht auf
While this is anything but a masterpiece, it's a book that had to be written. A story that had to be told. And judging by the continued show of doping (drug use) in professional cycling, a story that needs to be told repeatedly.

Willy Voet was the trainer for the infamous Festina team who was caught driving over the French border with a carload full of performance enhancing drugs, just before the 1998 Tour de France. Voet at first claimed the drugs were all his. Then, he recanted under pressure, admitting they were for his team. The team dropped out of the Tour, as did many others under police crackdowns, and Voet went to jail for 16 months. When he got out, he forever cemented his career to ruin by spiling his guts in this book (originally in French, "Assembly Line Massacre" - a fitting title). He wrote this very detailed, very disturbing, morbid read of some very sinister goings on. Unfortunately led by himself perhaps most of all. If you want to know most (not all, but most) of the deep, dirty, nasty, evil goings on in professional cycling that is never spoken of, then read this book. In the 6 years since it's publication, sadly not much has changed judging by the frequent positive tests, and admissions of guilt by riders.

There is a negative to this book though. First, while Voet honestly admits what he was doing was wrong, he seems to want to shake some element from his torrid past, like coming clean is a way for forgiveness, yet in reflections in other areas of the book treats much of the cheating he did in his career as matter of fact, almost with amusement, with only fleeting elements of remorse. Honest or not, coming from a man with a rather sinister past, it makes the book hard to read at times. One might also come away reading this book feeling empty from a lack of hard facts. While there is no denying what he did, and what others do, there needs to be another book written on this subject. One written from more researched, fact based information. There are many studies, admissions from riders, positive tests, arrests, lawsuits, etc. to fill binders of information. Some journalist with guts needs to sift through all that information and put together an old-school, hard jouranlistic, non-emotional, fact based book on this nasty subject. Until that time, if you want to know about the deep details of drug use in professional cycling from a few short years ago, this is about all there is. And taken within the context of who the author is, it should be recommended reading for all young athletes.
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Festina Affair: Pharmacy in the trunk 15. September 2010
Von purecarver - Veröffentlicht auf
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The level of drug taking in professional cycling has the "trunk" finally opened on the teams "medical programs". I have some sympathy for Voet about being handled roughly by the police but, sure, he knew exactly what was going on since he was part of the "unspoken alliance" between riders and teams about drug use in the Tour and other races in Europe. He was being played as the scapegoat for the Festina's Team upper bosses but finally got some help when Director and Doctor confessed. Unfortunately, after a long career in cycling he is still blacklisted from the sport. For all of the recreational cyclists and fans who think their idols are superhuman, take a deeper look into the long and dark side of PED's in bike racing.
4.0 von 5 Sternen i like 3. April 2014
Von jhg - Veröffentlicht auf
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Good to here the tory from someone working at a team. And not the usual cyclist
I can recomend it
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