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An excellent collection of journalism
on 5 November 2012
This is a collection of articles from the Times almost entirely written by David Walsh chronicling the Tour de France from a little after the Festina scandal of 1998, through Lance Armstrong's domination.
Nothing new to see, yes?
Well, yes and no. Reading the articles back in the context of Armstrong's shaming following the USADA report and the stripping of his titles shows what a courageous work of journalism this is. As such, what you may have read before feels fresh.
Way back in 1999, Walsh was pointing out that Armstrong was going faster than the entire Festina team who had just been done for doping. Despite the bullying and the decision to ignore the story by much of the rest of the media, Walsh continues to investigate.
I'm sure a far more thorough book will be on the way at some point - but, for now, this is complete as you're likely to get. For the price, it's a terrific collection of journalism that reads even better now that most people will accept that Walsh was right. Credit too to the Times for allowing its journalists to pursue the story.
As a final note, the Times have done a good job in creating the ebook too, with each section well laid out and easy to find. This is something that isn't always true when newspapers try to create these things.