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  • LWM

    He didnt do GHB with Boogerd. Max van Heeswijk gave it to him and they both used it in Mallorca. (together with testosteron patches)

    • Neal Rogers

      Thanks for pointing that out. It’s been corrected.

  • Avila99

    Boogerd comes across as a self-centered bully, putting down the lesser gods and enabling the talented youngsters into his destructive behavior. Exactly how he has been described (off the record) by teammates for almost his entire career.

    If you believe the things Dekker has said I can’t imagine how you gained respect for Boogerd.

  • Andy B

    Where is this book available?

  • Push Bike Writer

    Beautiful review about something so ugly.

    • funny

      +1. I have no intention of buying the book, but I wish this review was longer. Really nicely written.

  • zosim

    He’s done something brave? No. He is wringing the last few euros out of a career of cheating by selling a book about that cheating. He wasn’t alone by all means but it doesn’t make it right. I’ve seen excess up close that would be at least on a par with Dekker but none of those people are writing about their shameful behaviour and having journos lap it up like they lapped up Lance’s lies.

    The slew of tell all bios feels very much like celeb autobiographies; cash generation for the depraved from the idiots

    • OverIt

      Totally agree!! Without even reading it (and I wont… Millar’s book was 1 $tory of guilt over self indulgence to many) , the review has already told me this really isn’t anything to do with cycling and more about an adult who clearly want’s to ca$h in on his story of regret about his choices in life. With age comes insight into both future and past, and if the book were published for free, I’d perhaps think it’s about educating others of the pitfalls of life, but it’s it’s not….

    • Marc

      Couldn’t agree more. Dekker is a very selfish guy, with a huge ego, not to say with narcissistic tendencies. Now he tries to play the role of the victim. He isn’t a victim, he’s a cheat, who nothing but wanted to go all the way with doping, to show off. To the world what a great bike rider he is, to those inside the cycling bubble how professional and tough he is. Btw ‘Mijn Gevecht’ translates as ‘Mein Kampf’ in German.

    • Wily_Quixote

      So you read the book?

      • zosim

        Is there a reason to do so? The review is pretty clear it’s a tale of indulgence and cheating.

        • Wily_Quixote

          The reason for reading the book is so you can comment with authority. What you have managed to do is react to a review of the book, not the book itself.

        • smaragdus

          Only idiots comment books they have never read. Those who do not read books but comment books have opinions about everything based on their ignorance. Those who do not read books but comment books hate truth and truth-seeking because it is contradictory to their vulgar, ready-made opinions.

    • Trudgin

      If he was a rider who had made millions from doping, then fair enough you can get on your high horse but Delmer hasn’t made millions from cycling. He ended up a jobbing rider and his book serves much more as a warning than anything written by the Lance, Millar or Riis.. I’m glad he did, for Steven de Jongh if nothing else ????

  • jules

    there’s 2 types of people.

    1 is interested in the dark realities of pro cycling and what makes these freaks of nature tick. and how a lot of us less talented cyclists may share some of the same traits.

    the other type is interested in pro cycling as pursuit of the gods – a competition between the (hopefully) pure to see how fast humans can ride a bicycle and who will take that prize.

    1 of those perspectives is complete bullshit, the other is real. I’ll take the real one, warts and all. this should be a good read.

    • Mark Blackwell

      agreed, particularly the bit about how we might share the same traits (by which i mean the obsessiveness and single-mindedness, not the speed or power!)

      i’m quite sure that he had every encouragement to exaggerate the sex, drugs and rock & roll element, and that is clearly the element which is being talked up currently, but there will be more to this book and i look forward to reading it (even it it does enrich him a little bit)

    • Marc

      Where did you come up with that idea? Have you done research into people interested in cycling that justifies putting them into two boxes? I am interested in pro cycling because I love the dynamics of cycling, the tactics, the team play, using the brain to make split second decisions while under extreme physical pressure. I don’t care about the traits of freaks of nature, I don’t see any human being as a god and I most certainly do not see something as trivial as riding a bike as pursuit of the gods. But I do care about cheats ruining the sport and taking parts of what makes cycling interesting for me away from the sport. And that’s just me. I’m sure there are tons of reasons as for why people are interested in pro cycling and things related to it.

      • jules

        “But I do care about cheats ruining the sport and taking parts of what makes cycling interesting for me away from the sport.”

        I totally see where you’re coming from. It’s just that those ‘parts’ were and most likely are not real, they are constructs of our romantic visions of what we think pro cycling should be. None of the riders took those parts away from you, because they never existed in the first place, other than in media-fuelled fantasies of what we dutifully believed was real.

        • Marc

          Of course those parts exist, it’s in the very nature of cycling. I just as much enjoy watching an amateur race with a big field and teams and riders battling each other. In those races you see all those things, you can even see them in junior racing and in under 16’s racing. Great to watch! At pro level doping does take parts of that away.

          • jules

            what were we arguing over again?

            • Marc

              I think the conclusion was that we both love cycling.

  • Funcas Work

    I look forward to reading about him …. as recommended by Paul Kimmage in one word ….. ‘SOLD’ in both senses of the word . Thanks for posting

  • Matt Long

    Will an english version be coming out?

  • Matt Long

    Gaimon interviewed him on his podcast. Frank discussion by TD. http://thepelotonbrief.libsyn.com/real-talent-with-phil-gaimon-episode-4

  • Praelium

    “He talks about… his own desperate insecurity.” Excellent review of the fuel motivating cyclists, actors, and others who try desperately to heal their insecurity. Of course, it is impossible to cure insecurity with grand tour victories, since it would take monthly victories for five years to feel secure. Today I listened to a fine discussion of Dekker’s text on Telegraph’s Cycling podcast and learned that cyclists can win in two ways: races by cheating and selling books by confessing. However, after reading Travis Tygart’s 2012 report of Lance Armstrong, I am not too interested in learning more about the one-hundred ways a cyclist can both commit adultery and beat a drug test. Vice is boring while virtue is truly admirable. Thanks to Dekker’s honesty, we can learn from another’s mistakes.


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