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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Wheelmen
    Subtitle
    Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Reed Albergotti, By (author) Vanessa O'connell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 364
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781592408481
    ISBN 10: 1592408486
    Classifications

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    LC classification: GV1051.A76 A54 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates
    Publisher
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GOTHAM BOOKS
    Publication date
    15 October 2013
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "A chilling tale, and many of the anecdotes Albergotti and O'Connell collected sound like they were actually crafted in a TV-drama writers' room." --"The Atlantic" "Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell uncovered plenty more shocking details about the full extent of Armstrong's drug use as well as the many people and institutions that helped him." --"The Daily Beast" "The most comprehensive book on the subject ... a colorful and thorough retelling." --"USA Today" "Captivating . . . a level-headed view of the culture and business of cycling." --"The Economist" "The book is rich in details, facts, and figures." --"Velo News" ""Wheelmen" is all the truth-and-reconciliation the sport needs." --"The Philadelphia Review of Books" "The only thing ever missing was the truth. In" Wheelmen", we get it." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" "A detailed account of Armstrong's eventual descent into disgrace." --"The Guardian" (UK) "The definitive book on Armstrong." --"The Montreal Gazette"