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From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France Hardcover – June 26, 2007
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Over the years the types of dynamite have changed. In the 1930s chemists synthesized amphetamines and racers soon learned how they could help and harm. Tom Simpson died in 1967 from the effects of dehydration, diarrhea and amphetamine overdose.
In the 1970s, the overuse of corticoids nearly killed 2-time Tour winner Bernard Thévenet. When he went public with his misdeeds, explaining that his use of steroids was the usual practice in the peloton, he received abuse from his sponsor, the public and his fellow riders.
In the 1990s EPO made doping necessary if a racer wanted to win. Riders like Marco Pantani and Bjarne Riis ran their hematocrits to a nearly lethal 60%. Any racer wishing to compete with these men and their like were forced to either stick the needle in their arms or retire. This is not just my guess. Many racers from that era (Andy Hampsten, for one) have gone public with how the sport was transformed by a drug that could dramatically improve a racer's power output.
Today, with a reliable test for EPO available, racers have gone on to new strategies, including old-fashioned blood doping. The best racers can spend over $100,000 a year on both the drugs and the technical expertise to avoid detection.Read more ›
Something wasn't right about all of this, but I just placed it into the back of my mind and sort of got halfway caught up in all of the Lance hoopla. Now, this book "From Lance to Landis" has explained everything: how doping took on a huge increase with the introduction of the drug r-EPO in the early 90's, and how it transformed the sport in the 90's and 2000's.
There is so much circumstantial evidence in this book that it leads one to ask the question, "just what is a smoking gun, anyway?" The evidence against Lance and Landis is overwhelming. When this much smoke exists, do we really need to see the gun? Then again, don't we see the gun itself with regards to the '99 Tour? How is that not a smoking gun? Anytime a 'procedure' exists anywhere in life, it can be brought into question by simply "questioning the procedure" - this is why the dopers will always have somewhere to put the blame regardless of how guilty they may be.
It is of interest to note Armstrong's official response to this book as found on his website. Lance continually tries to beat home the idea that of his 600+ acquaintances through his years of cycling, only 2 have come forward and spoken against Lance (the Andreu's).Read more ›
As a life-long diehard fan of pro cycling and a former medical team member of a major international UCI event I had heard some of these same stories before, from some of the same sources Mr. Walsh cites. I never knew what to make of them, but it is interesting how it all comes together with multiple sources in this text.
Anyone who thinks that Lance was clean in his seven TDF victories needs to read chapter 19 of this book. It completely debunks the urban legends about "how Lance changed after cancer". He clearly cheated, plain and simple.
Think what you will, but if Jonathon Vaughters and Frankie Andreu are to be believed in a candid moment between them Lance and his posse have pulled off one of the most disgusting acts of fraud in all of sport. Too many people have a vested (i.e.financial) interest in making sure the "legend of Lance" keeps being repeated. Thanks to Mr. Walsh, and others, who refuse to drink the Kool Aid.
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This is a great book to learn more about the history of doping in professional cycling and for this I would recommend it as a starting place for any reader new to the subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RJP
Good contextual info to better understand the past drug use in the cycling world.Published 14 months ago by Luv2Learn
A worthwhile read. Like some of the other books in this subject it presents, in detail, the world of pro cycling and the choices many pro riders are asked to make "in order to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. Shaffer
It seems to be an excellent book, in such a difficult subject like cycling doping. Personally involved in Tyler's Hamilton detection for the first time in history of transfusion... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Geo S. Paterakis
Great research,the amount of detail is amazing,a great read.This guy knows his sport,and its very well explained,ie. effects of drugs on the body .Its well worth reading.Published 23 months ago by Rose Callaghan
Perhaps if I had read this book in 2007, or any time before all that has come to light in the past year, it would have been a slightly more interesting read. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Daneel Law
... is truly shocking, Google his name (David Walsh), see some of his interviews
you will get the idea. Read more
Very informative on what goes on behind the glamor and limelight; exposes the dark undertones of what it takes to really compete!Published on July 8, 2013 by Ronald K. Brink