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Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever Paperback – July 1, 2014
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"Authoritative and overflows with forceful details….Albergotti and O'Connell write like insiders looking out."
—Los Angeles Times
"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."
"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."
"Captivating . . . a level-headed view of the culture and business of cycling."
"The book is rich in details, facts, and figures."
"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."
"A detailed account of Armstrong's eventual descent into disgrace."
—The Guardian (UK)
"The definitive book on Armstrong."
—The Montreal Gazette
About the Author
Reed Albergotti is a reporter covering the technology industry in The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. 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 eighteen 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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I had no idea about how life endangering doping practices can be; and surely I won't express any judgement over Lance Armstrong and his team buddies as this doesn't belong into a review. Only so much: the most unfortunate consequence of all is that Lance lost so much credibility.
Back to the book itself:
This is a page turner! I read through half a night and good part of the next day. It's like a suspense story, only it relates things that happened for real, and hopefully we learn from it and gain some insight about our own practices of goal setting and what we do to ourselves and others in order to achieve those goals. Besides, this book also talks about the history of professional cycling in America and the men who made it... a story which by itself is already worth to read.
I bought the Kindle version despite a very negative review. To my immense relieve my worries were unfounded. The Kindle version is well made and readable (you might want to change the font settings on your kindle) and the pictures are crisp and easy to see. Please note that I own a 'basic' Kindle.
As a final note, some wonder about the term "Wheelmen"... "Wheel" is a colloquial abbreviate term for bicycle; and "wheelmen" are the ones who ride it; in the world of professional cycling even live on it :-)
All in all I very recommend this book!
After reading other accounts about doping conspiracy theories from Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Willy Voet, David Millar and Tyler Hamilton, I knew there was doping in cycling and that most were doing it but to the level and sophistication that LA had organized was mind boggling! Not only was he paying a hefty entry fee for his "special" training program to Ferrari but his "under the table" and "greasing the palm" of the UCI's - Hein "my buddy" Verbruggen was a tactic straight out of the peloton - "keep your enemies close and your blood testers even closer". Sure, everyone was doing PED's but LA was living the PED program in style: villas in Italy, Spain and France, helicopter rides off the mountains after races, jet rides to and from blood transfusions, a rotation of girlfriends and hanging out with giddy celebs.
It is clear from his early childhood competitions that LA was not going to settle for 2nd place in any part of his life let alone a competition. It's a weird coincidence that LA, Weisel, Ochowicz, Stapleton, Bruyneel, the many doctors, Oakley, Trek, Nike and his many cancer supporters and followers would create an empire that was built on a belief that his comeback was from unlucky cancer, not from his early PED use and that LA's cure was to take more than ever so he could win, win, win, earn big $$$$$$$ and never look back at his weak detractors.
I applaud the authors and the many people who have never backed down against the LA machine and kept their composure through a long and arduous journey. I feel a since of relief for everyone involved but I'm a little sad that the real story has been told and my anticipation for another chapter in the LA saga has come to a close.