By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
The first in-depth examine Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, the exceptional enterprise luck equipped at the again of fraud, and the best conspiracy within the heritage of sports
Lance Armstrong received a record-smashing seven excursions de France after staring down melanoma, and within the method turned a world image of resilience and braveness. In a game consistently dogged via blood-doping scandals, he appeared above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping through the excursions and, in an interview with Oprah, defined his mythic, ideal story” as one titanic lie.” yet his admission raised extra questions than it answeredbecause he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully kept away from getting caught.
The Wall highway magazine reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell broke the inside track at each flip. In Wheelmen they exhibit the wider tale of the way Armstrong and his supporters used funds, energy, and state-of-the-art technological know-how to beat the world’s such a lot tricky race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal provider crew proprietor Thom Weisel, who in a brazen strength play ousted united states Cycling’s best management and received keep watch over of the game within the usa, making sure Armstrong’s dominance. in the meantime, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong because the whole activity 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.
Wheelmen deals a riveting examine what occurs while 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 expertise to arrive the head. eventually exposing the reality approximately Armstrong and American biking, Wheelmen paints a dwelling portrait of what's, with no query, the best conspiracy within the background of sports.