From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France

From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France

David Walsh


For 8 years, the travel de France, arguably the world’s so much difficult athletic pageant, was once governed through males: Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis. at the floor, they have been characteristic avid gamers in a single of the good carrying tales of the age–American riders overcoming great odds to dominate a game that held little prior curiosity for his or her countrymen. yet is that this a real tale, or is there a darker model of the reality, person who unfortunately displays the realities of activities within the twenty-first century? Landis’s identify is now in jeopardy simply because drug exams revealing that his testosterone degrees have been 11 instances these of a standard athlete strongly recommend that he used banned ingredients, and for years related allegations have swirled round Armstrong.

Now across the world acclaimed award-winning journalist David Walsh supplies an explosive account of the shadow aspect activities. during this electrifying, debatable, and scrupulously documented exposé, Walsh explores the numerous aspects of the bicycle owner doping scandals within the usa and in a foreign country. He examines how performance-enhancing medications can infiltrate a ideal activities event–and why athletes succumb to the strain to take advantage of them. In studying this ebook, Walsh performed 1000s of hours of interviews with key figures in overseas biking, medical professionals, and different insiders, together with Emma O’Reilly, Armstrong’s longtime therapeutic massage therapist; former U.S. Postal carrier biking workforce physician Prentice Steffen; biking legend Greg LeMond; and previous teammates of either Landis and Armstrong.

Central to the tale is Lance Armstrong’s relentless, all-consuming force to be the simplest. additionally necessary to this narrative is Floyd Landis, the unassuming, sympathetic hero who used to be the 1st winner of the travel de France after Lance–and the 1st ever to stand the specter of having his name revoked. greater than anything, this publication will ignite anew the controversy approximately even if there's room within the present activities tradition for athletes who compete in truth, no matter if activities will be kept from a scandal as common as this, and what alterations should be made.

With a compelling narrative and revelations that may stun, enlighten, and hang-out readers, David Walsh addresses various questions that come up in that the most important house the place activities meet the bigger American tradition.

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