By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
the 1st in-depth examine Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, the exceptional enterprise luck outfitted at the again of fraud, and the best conspiracy within the background of sports
Lance Armstrong received a record-smashing seven excursions de France after staring down melanoma, and within the strategy grew to become a world image of resilience and braveness. In a recreation consistently dogged via blood-doping scandals, he appeared above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping in the course of the excursions and, in an interview with Oprah, defined his mythic, ideal story” as one gigantic lie.” yet his admission raised extra questions than it answeredbecause he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully shunned getting caught.
Reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell broke the scoop at each flip. In Wheelmen they show the wider tale of the way Armstrong and his supporters used cash, strength, and state-of-the-art technology to overcome the world’s such a lot tricky race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal carrier group proprietor Thom Weisel, who in a brazen energy play ousted united states Cycling’s best management and received keep an eye on of the game within the usa, making sure Armstrong’s dominance. in the meantime, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong because the complete game of biking started to enjoy the Lance effect.” What were a unusual, working-class pastime turned the hobby of the Masters of the Universe set.
Wheelmenoffers a riveting examine what occurs whilst enigmatic genius breaks unfastened from the strictures of morality. It finds the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an authorized perform, and exhibits how the americans methodically built a global operation of spies and innovative know-how to arrive the pinnacle. eventually exposing the reality approximately Armstrong and American biking, Wheelmen paints a residing portrait of what's, with out query, the best conspiracy within the background of sports.