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From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France par [Walsh, David]
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For eight years, the Tour de France, arguably the world’s most demanding athletic competition, was ruled by two men: Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis. On the surface, they were feature players in one of the great sporting stories of the age–American riders overcoming tremendous odds to dominate a sport that held little previous interest for their countrymen. But is this a true story, or is there a darker version of the truth, one that sadly reflects the realities of sports in the twenty-first century? Landis’s title is now in jeopardy because drug tests revealing that his testosterone levels were eleven times those of a normal athlete strongly suggest that he used banned substances, and for years similar allegations have swirled around Armstrong.

Now internationally acclaimed award-winning journalist David Walsh gives an explosive account of the shadow side of professional sports. In this electrifying, controversial, and scrupulously documented exposé, Walsh explores the many facets of the cyclist doping scandals in the United States and abroad. He examines how performance-enhancing drugs can infiltrate a premier sports event–and why athletes succumb to the pressure to use them. In researching this book, Walsh conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with key figures in international cycling, doctors, and other insiders, including Emma O’Reilly, Armstrong’s longtime massage therapist; former U.S. Postal Service cycling team doctor Prentice Steffen; cycling legend Greg LeMond; and former teammates of both Landis and Armstrong.

Central to the story is Lance Armstrong’s relentless, all-consuming drive to be the best. Also essential to this narrative is Floyd Landis, the unassuming, sympathetic hero who was the first winner of the Tour de France after Lance–and the first ever to face the threat of having his title revoked. More than anything else, this book will ignite anew the debate about whether there is room in the current sports culture for athletes who compete honestly, whether sports can be saved from a scandal as widespread as this, and what changes will have to be made.

With a compelling narrative and revelations that will stun, enlighten, and haunt readers, David Walsh addresses numerous questions that arise in that crucial space where sports meet the larger American culture.

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David Walsh is chief sports writer with The Sunday Times (London). A four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time U.K. Sportswriter of the Year, he is married with seven children and lives in Cambridge, England. He is co-author of L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More prescient by the day 8 septembre 2012
Par David J. Baxter - Publié sur
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As a keen cycling fan, I have felt part of the Lance Armstrong story since his famous win at Limoges, after the death of his team-mate Fabio Casartelli, in the Tour de France. Armstrong's later cancer, and his quite miraculous survival and recovery as an athlete made his story - beautifully told by Sally Jenkins in "It's not about the bike" - compulsive reading. Over his seven Tour wins, two things emerged to spoil the emergence - for me - of an icon. One was the perennial rumours about performance-enhancing drugs; the second was Armstrong's aggressive attitude not only towards critics, but even towards those whose decisions - like drug-free rider Cedric Bassons - provided implicit criticism.
After his retirement, there was almost a sense of relief that the animosity, the aggro could subside. But it hasn't, and his decision to compete again, and then compete in triathlons, together with the very high-profile drug busts of Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton has re-ignited the debate over his record victories. In this context, David Walsh's book provides a meticulous and detailed analysis not just of the allegations, but of the context. The emergence of EPO and other drug regimes in the 90's as well as the machinations of "drug doctors", such as Michele Ferrari are given careful and thoughtful analysis. In addition, Walsh asks the questions that Armstrong's refusal to contest the USADA's charges mean will not be answered: how, in a sport where gains are mentioned by seconds and half-seconds, can one cyclist beat others - including known, guilty drug-cheats easily and so well over such a long period of time?
Walsh, a long-time and very dedicated cycling journalist writes cogently, and with little of the rhetorical or tabloid flair that can make such books sound salacious and hyperbolic. It's a great book, and the overriding emotion at the end is not, "Gotcha!" but sadness at a sport which has lost its way, and a champion who became lost too.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written 24 septembre 2015
Par RJP - Publié sur
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This is a great book to learn more about the history of doping in professional cycling and for this I would recommend it as a starting place for any reader new to the subject. I can also recommend this book as it places the true heroes of this period in cycling into perspective, shedding much deserved praise and light upon men like Christophe Bassons who bore the brunt of his teammates' bullying of him when he refused to engage in doping with a tenacity, strength and grace that is rare in this world. Given that, Bassons' book, "A Clean Break", is actually a bit better and provides an insider's account of these issues.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Lance did to David Walsh.... 29 août 2013
Par AlwaysLate - Publié sur
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... is truly shocking, Google his name (David Walsh), see some of his interviews
you will get the idea. The only thing that got Lance going was the fact
that David Walsh TOLD THE TRUTH. One of the few people
Lance could not buy off or intimidate. If you read only one book about the
evils of Lance Armstrong (and you should) this is the one.
Great read, painful story to read, but Lance has admitted all
(most, even now he clings to a couple of lies) of this.
So, Lance: did your doping accelerate your cancer or not?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye Opening Account of Armstorng's cheating 25 décembre 2012
Par Graeme_S - Publié sur
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From Lance to Landis is a great read and really opened my eyes to just how sophisticated the cheating in the peloton had become. It looks at many different aspects of how Lance Armstrong left nothing to chance in his quest to win the Tour De France at all costs. David Walsh doesn't write a once sided hatchet job, it's a collection of accounts from people within cycling aimed at letting you decide whether or not you think the US postal team and it's members were really cheating or not.
I'd recommend to any cycling enthusiast, or even anyone with an interest in professional sports.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent book for those interested in specificities of cycling doping world 19 juin 2014
Par Geo S. Paterakis - Publié sur
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It seems to be an excellent book, in such a difficult subject like cycling doping. Personally involved in Tyler's Hamilton detection for the first time in history of transfusion doping, I even learned things I did not know! The writer pays attention to human psychology and interactions in a marvelous way. He uses facts from personal experience and the google. Every doping story could be a separate book. One can however can get into cycling doping world with this book with concise approach.
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