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is a William Hill Sports Book of the Year
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, written by Irish
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journalist Paul Kimmage
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It is an autobiography that charts the author's upbringing in Dublin
and his obsession with cycling, which started with his father being a top-level Irish amateur. Paul Kimmage was Irish junior champion before riding for an amateur squad in Paris and becoming a professional with a French team, RMO, in 1986. He rode the Tour de France
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in 1986, 1987 and 1989. His book tells of his disappointing experiences as a professional and he claims widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs. His claims led to ostracism by his peers.