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on 11 October 2013
It's always difficult for me to judge books on Armstrong, whether they contain something new, whether they will interest the ardent fan who knows the ins and outs of the sport, as I'm someone who has followed the Armstrong saga very closely for coming on 15 years. Last years "Secret Race" from Coyle and Hamilton, for me provided no surprises, nothing shocked me, but the depth of the detail, the anecdotes kept me hooked and in many ways Wheelmen is the same.
Wheelmen isn't just about Armstrong, and it isn't just about doping. Instead it attempts, and suceeds, in painting a full picture of the entire story. From the late seventies, through the 1984 Olympics with Eddie B defecting from Poland, it introduces Thom Weisel in detail, the formation of the first US Pro team 7-Eleven, through the creation of Subaru-Montgomery and eventually US Postal. It covers the whole story, the team structure, the coaches, the financiers, the sponsors.
Where "Secret Race" covered the story from the point of view of the rider, "Wheelmen" covers it from the other side, the structure, how everything came about and ultimately how everything collapsed. The two compliment each other perfectly and if you own both you are unlikely to need to buy another Lance book.