Before reading this book I would have answered the following questions about Lance Armstrong as follows:
Q1. Did he dope?
A1. Most probably yes.
Q2. Did the whole peloton dope, and therefore wasn't Armstrong just maintaining a level playing field?
A2. Just about - yes.
Q3. Have his denials since winning his last Tour been in this spirit?
Q4: Hero or villain.
After reading the book, and believing the confessions about Tyler Hamilton as well as his accounts of other riders, my answers have changed to:
A1. Oh yes. Big time.
A2. Most of the peloton in the 90s were doping, but Armstrong was doping most. He applied his one-step ahead philosophy not only to his training but also to his doping as well. The best doctors, the best drugs, the best methods, the best connections with the authorities. Three blood infusions over the course of a three week Tour was not close to a level playing field. Did this abuse distort the results of the races - most probably yes.
A3. His denials have been absolute, condescending and at times threatening to others, and have cost him a large amount of money to construct. They are discrediting to him and others, untrue, and calculated to defend a personal reputation and fortune.
Let us hope that the book contributes to his deserved and overdue outing.