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Wheelmen by [Albergotti, Reed, O'Connell, Vanessa]
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A detailed account of Armstrong's eventual descent into disgrace (Guardian)

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The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sport.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1724 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5D5TA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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This is an outstanding piece of work by two real (investigative) journalists from the Wall Street Journal. I emphasise real because, with the notable exception of David Walsh at The Sunday Times, most sports journalists are sycophants, held back by a tendency to hero-worship their subjects. Also, they need to keep friendly with the sports stars (and the business people behind them)in order to get access for the interviews their editors are looking for. With Wheelmen, the writers' focus is on exposing what really went on, in what must be the biggest ever rip-off in sporting history of fans, sponsors and event organisers. What the Wheelmen authors found, and report on here, reads like a thriller. I doubt that either of them got a Christmas card from Mr Armstrong, on any of his co-conspirators, though.
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I've read a few accounts of the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong and this one is my favourite. It's well-written, it synthesises info from a lot of different sources, and it cites the sources at the end. It's a compelling read, too. This is definitely the Armstrong account I recommend.
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Being born and bred in Flanders, cycling is just part of our genetic fibre... At the same time I've always been interested in professional cycling in general and later also the doping issues, of which I have read quite a lot of interesting books. At the time when the Lance hype reached its peak, I was considered the odd one out amongst my cycling buddies for refusing to wear the Livestrong yellow wristband. The reason why? Frankly I not only detested how the Lance Armstrong approach was changing the face and open character of cycling, I was convinced that he doped from the very start as a cyclist. The excuse that everybody else did it is absolute nonsense and unacceptable. Why quite a bit of facts in this book have already been well covered by other writers, this book draws its strength by adding very personal bits of conversations between the main characters and as such add a very interesting extra dimension and viewing angle to the general picture which goes from the founding of the UP team till the moment of Armstrong's skilfully directed but yet unimpressive and hypocrite "confession" on the Winfrey show. All the aspects and relationships between the team's management, the sponsors, the politicians and the several companies and subsidiaries where the money went into are disected with the razorsharp scalpel. The story never gets boring or complicated which is a proof that both authors' chemistry matched amazingly well. They show that they know their stuff and what could easily look as a difficult matter is explained in a crystal clear way. The book is therefore one of the few that deserve to be considered a real pageturner.Read more ›
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David Walsh's books give an excellent account of the cycling side of the Armstrong saga. Wheelmen gives a detailed account of the growth and size of the financial and business involvment in the case. It shows how many wealthy and influential companies and individuals had a vested interest maintaining Armstrong's 'perfect image' and their reluctance to face the growing concerns over how his and his teams success was achieved. It shows the willingness of individuals and companies were prepared to sacrifice the reputation and businesses of the whistleblowers to maintain their 'in' with the Armstrong clique. Well worth a read, in conjunction with the David Walsh and others books covering the same subject.
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Good, clear , well documented expose of the Lance Armstrong drug cheat, detailing the extent of the problem, the history, the extent of the back room connections, the people behind the wheeling and dealing. An awful lot of very detailed work went into this book and it is very evident from page 1.

It is still surprisingly easy to read and clearly shows the authors intimate knowledge of the outing of one of the biggest lying cheats in
modern cycling racing history.
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