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But for a quicker read that pulls all the facts together in an organized timeline then this quickie e-book will do. It's concise, readable, and just tells the story of what happened during Armstrong's career, step by step. It relies heavily on the material in the USADA case documents, but since the author knows the sport, he is able to pull each bit of testimony about doping into context so the USADA testimony is understandable.
If you've followed the case in the news in detail, there's nothing new here. But I suspect a large number of people with a mild interest in Armstrong have gotten a little lost over the years in the bit-by-bit uncovering of Armstrong's doping, with each new revelation accompanied by denials, counterclaims, and attacks on witnesses. Finally, with the release of the USADA materials, there is enough solid testimony on the record to pull the story together in an organized way. If you're interested in a thorough yet streamlined account of how Armstrong's team indulged in performance enhance drugs, then this e-book is worth the modest cost and time investment.
So if you have read every one of the pages of evidence, speculation and commentary about Lance Armstrong's cycling career then there will be nothing new here for you.
For the rest of us though, this is a great way of getting an overview of the case for the prosecution, without developing an obsession with the topic.
It's hard not to find him guilty after reading this, especially when so much of it ties in with David Millars's story in "Racing Through the Dark". But whilst he doesn't come across as a particarly nice guy (or even in his own books for that matter) I'm left more with a sense of anger at how badly cycling's governing body failed to address the doping problem that it must have been aware of, than I am with disappointment in Armstrong himself. The evidence laid out here just suggests that Lance Armstrong both doped and competed better than his peers at the time.
Depressing? Sure. But I don't think it changes the fact that he was the best cyclist of his drug-ridden era.
Let's just hope the sport clearly has cleaned itself up, and we won't have to read a similar account about Wiggins or Cavendish in years to come.