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Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

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The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports

Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping ...

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Overview

The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports

Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie." But his admission raised more questions than it answered—because he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully avoided getting caught.

The Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell broke the news at every turn. In Wheelmen they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most difficult race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal Service Team owner Thom Weisel, who in a brazen power play ousted USA Cycling's top leadership and gained control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong’s dominance. Meanwhile, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong as the entire sport of cycling began to benefit from the "Lance effect." What had been a quirky, working-class hobby became the pastime of the Masters of the Universe set.

Wheelmen offers a riveting look at what happens when enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. It reveals the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted practice, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top. It went on to become a New York Times Bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, and win numerous awards, including a Gold Medal for the Axiom Business Book Awards. At last exposing the truth about Armstrong and American cycling, Wheelmen paints a living portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.

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In 2005, Lance Armstrong was on top of the world. He had successfully battled cancer, won seven consecutive Tours de France, earned the adulation of millions around the world, and was being widely touted as a viable Texas gubernatorial candidate. Even then, however, there were ominous rumblings about accusations of blood-doping, but it took years before subsequent multiple reports finally broke down the walls of defenses that seemed to protect the champion cyclist. This revelatory new book by Wall Street Journal sports reporters Reed Albergotti and Venessa O'Connell describes the conspiratorial mindset that enabled Lance's "one big lie" to be presented as a "mythic, perfect story." Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592408481
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 274,316
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Reed Albergotti is a white-collar crime reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the son of a fanatic amateur cyclist who served as the director of cycling competition in the 1984 Olympics. An accomplished bike racer himself, Reed speaks the sport’s odd language.

Vanessa O'Connell, an award-winning reporter at The Wall Street Journal for seventeen years, has covered tobacco, alcohol, guns, insider trading, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has a knack for exposing the nature of corporate America and how it sometimes manipulates the score in making its money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    excellent book. not just about Lance but about the conspiracy an

    excellent book. not just about Lance but about the conspiracy and how they got away with it. Fascinating stuff. 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    The Truth Finally Shines Through! As an avid cyclist and former

    The Truth Finally Shines Through! As an avid cyclist and former law enforcement professional, I truly enjoyed this book. I have all the Armstrong books as well as Tyler Hamilton's account of his cycling carer. Armstrong has a done a lot of good, the foundation he started has helped countless cancer victims but and thats what people seem to have a problem with BUT he was a cyclist who CHEATED! His arrogance and just plain mean personality hurt a lot of people who were supposed to be his friends and then when they turned on him he was shocked!  Albergotti and O'connell did amazing job getting the story out with detail and accuracy. I highly recommend this book, Armstrong was quite a character both on and off the bike but a tragic character all the same. Read this book…well worth it!               

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    If you bicycle, you should read this

    The author unravels the life of Lance Armstrong as the evolution of "drugging" in cometitive cycling is narrated. A very interesting and disgusting book on what can happen to a sport.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Editor and fact checker needed

    Hard to believe that WSG reporters got so many obvious details wrong. An example? Hamsted won the Giro going UP the Gavia. Bike history 101. Other glaring things are missed and having inside history there are several other mis-characterizations. So I was left with questioning a lot of the books facts. An obvious rush job.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    A remarkable look into Lance Armstrong. He went from world class

    A remarkable look into Lance Armstrong. He went from world class hero to a fraud surrounded by scandal. This book shows all of that. It is a very interesting read. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Wow¿ where public persona meets reality.

    Wow… where public persona meets reality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Fascinating

    After reading Tyler's book and Juliet Mancur's book, I wasn't sure if this would tell me anything new, but it sure did. Fascinating chronicles of Lance from a business and legal standpoint as well as the expected dirt on doping and bullying by America's once-favorite cyclist. Very well written, I didn't want to put it down.

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