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    DescriptionFor eight years, the Tour de France, arguably the world's most demanding athletic competition, was ruled by two men: Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis. On the surface, they were feature players in one of the great sporting stories of the age-American riders overcoming tremendous odds to dominate a sport that held little previous interest for their countrymen. But is this a true story, or is there a darker version of the truth, one that sadly reflects the realities of sports in the twenty-first century? Landis's title is now in jeopardy because drug tests revealing that his testosterone levels were eleven times those of a normal athlete strongly suggest that he used banned substances, and for years similar allegations have swirled around Armstrong. Now internationally acclaimed award-winning journalist David Walsh gives an explosive account of the shadow side of professional sports. In this electrifying, controversial, and scrupulously documented expose, Walsh explores the many facets of the cyclist doping scandals in the United States and abroad. He examines how performance-enhancing drugs can infiltrate a premier sports event-and why athletes succumb to the pressure to use them. In researching this book, Walsh conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with key figures in international cycling, doctors, and other insiders, including Emma O'Reilly, Armstrong's longtime massage therapist; former U.S. Postal Service cycling team doctor Prentice Steffen; cycling legend Greg LeMond; and former teammates of both Landis and Armstrong. Central to the story is Lance Armstrong's relentless, all-consuming drive to be the best. Also essential to this narrative is Floyd Landis, the unassuming, sympathetic hero who was the first winner of the Tour de France after Lance-and the first ever to face the threat of having his title revoked. More than anything else, this book will ignite anew the debate about whether there is room in the current sports culture for athletes who compete honestly, whether sports can be saved from a scandal as widespread as this, and what changes will have to be made. With a compelling narrative and revelations that will stun, enlighten, and haunt readers, David Walsh addresses numerous questions that arise in that crucial space where sports meet the larger American culture.


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    Title
    From Lance to Landis
    Subtitle
    Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Walsh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345499622
    ISBN 10: 034549962X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.4
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: SPO000000
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000, BIO016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15310
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 28
    DC22: 796.6
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: SEL013000, SPO066000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A09403000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO011000
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    LC classification: GV1049.2.T68 W35 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: SMQ
    Illustrations note
    16pp Black and White Illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    06 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Walsh is chief sports writer with The Sunday Times (London). A four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time U.K. Sportswriter of the Year, he is married with seven children and lives in Cambridge, England. He is co-author of L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong.