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Author Albergotti, Reed.

Title Wheelmen : Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the greatest sports conspiracy ever / Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    796.62 Armstrong,L ALB    Available
 GDL Pacific Park Library Non-Fiction    796.62 Armstrong,L ALB    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 ARMSTRONG,L ALB    Available
 PAS San Rafael Branch Non-Fiction    92 ARMSTRONG,L ALB    Available
Description xvii, 364 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France yellow jerseys 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, Armstrong seemed above the fray. Never had cycling--or any sport--boasted such a charismatic and accomplished champion. Then in the summer of 2012, the legend imploded. The rumors that had long haunted Armstrong began to solidify. Buried evidence surfaced. Hushed-up witnesses came forth. Amstrong's Tour victories were stripped from him. His sponsors abandoned him. And in a final disgrace, he resigned as chairman of his own foundation. In January 2013, Armstrong finally admitted to doping during the Tours; and in an interview with Oprah, he 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 who had helped him to avoid getting caught ... Wheelmen revealsthe broader tale of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world's most diffcult race. It introduces US Postal Team owner Thom Weisel, who brought business acumen and ingenuity unprecedented to professional cycling and ousted USA Cycling's top leadership to gain control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong's dominance. Meanwhile, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong and his foundation as the entire sport of cycling began to benefit from the 'Lance effect.' Wheelmen offers a riveting look at what happens when enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. It reveals the competitiveness and inventiveness that sparked blood doping as an accepted practice and shows how Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and breakthrough technology to reach the top"--Book jacket flap.
Subject Armstrong, Lance.
Armstrong, Lance -- Drug use.
Tour de France (Bicycle race)
Cyclists -- United States -- Biography.
Doping in sports.
Added Author O'Connell, Vanessa.
Added Title Wheel men
ISBN 9781592408481 hardback
1592408486 hardback

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