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Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever par [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 sports

Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie." But his admission raised more questions than it answered—because he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully avoided getting caught.

The Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell broke the news at every turn. In Wheelmen they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most difficult race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal Service Team owner Thom Weisel, who in a brazen power play ousted USA Cycling's top leadership and gained control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong’s dominance. Meanwhile, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong as the entire sport of cycling began to benefit from the "Lance effect." What had been a quirky, working-class hobby became the pastime of the Masters of the Universe set.

Wheelmen offers a riveting look at what happens when enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. It reveals the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted practice, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top. It went on to become a New York Times Bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, and win numerous awards, including a Gold Medal for the Axiom Business Book Awards. At last exposing the truth about Armstrong and American cycling, Wheelmen paints a living portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 To Have and to Have Not 14 juin 2014
Par Immer - Publié sur
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Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell's "Wheelmen" is a well-written, documented, organized book, and an easy read. One needs not be a cyclist to follow most of the book, but one who has cycled will perhaps receive a more visceral appreciation for this work. As a former mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, who has put a lot of time on the roads, I am neither an antagonist of, nor an apologist for Lance Armstrong. I remember a conversation among racing friends during the early 2000's about Armstrong and the professional peloton. While most defended Lance, one, with perhaps more insight than the rest of us commented, "they are all dirty".

I will use a somewhat different tact with my review. My review will be more about feelings I had during the reading of "Wheelmen". If Albergotti and O'Connell's Wheelmen has any weakness at all, it falls short in categorizing the participants of the professional peloton as the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the elite, of the elite. You cannot take an average Joe off the street, allow him to blood dope, take PED's and put him on a bicycle and expect to get Armstrong's results. Both mental and physical toughness and a willingness to accept and work through extraordinary pain are required.

What we had, were the finest cyclists in the world, all looking for that "advantage" over their fellow competitors. I recall cycling 3+ weeks in the mountains of Colorado and then returning to the "flatlands" and cycling with my club team. The extra blood my body produced to cope with the rarified atmosphere of Colorado gave me a distinct advantage within club rides, which wore off after a couple of weeks. It helped me understand the culture of doping in cycling.

Blood doping and PED's not only affect performance, but also are important in regard to recovery. The bottom line is, one had a good chance of being out of a job in the world cycling scene if they did not dope. These were "ALL" adults who made the decision to dope, or not. As a reviewer, I am not condoning the process. Doping appears to have been rampant within cycling for a long time. Add Lance Armstrong to the mix, a self driven, rather egocentric individual, and unnaturally talented endurance athlete, who was willing to make the sacrifices to be great, as well as expecting those associated with him to make these sacrifices, and we have a story.

Armstrong made a science of taking advantage of the system and contributing to the corruptness of the said system. He not only leveled the playing field for himself and his team, but also got that competitive edge through the best medical help that money could buy. I wonder though, if through it all, the punishment was greater than the crime. Armstrong's drive made money for everyone and every organization that became associated with him. His foundation provided hope and assistance for many without hope.

Lawsuits that ruled in Armstrong's favor, with Bob Hamman and SCA promotions and The Times of London require restitution, now that the truth about Lance's doping is public knowledge. Money is one thing, but I have always felt that if Armstrong was indeed dirty, and he admitted to it, a large and sincere apology was in store for Greg LeMond. Armstrong had it all. Family, money, fame, property, idolatry and a continuing love for endurance competition. With his "headstrong" instance that he was clean, rather than cut deals when he could, he put everything he had into jeopardy. He could have been the most important vector for eradicating the specter of doping from professional cycling. He chose the dark side and put all that which he had sacrificed for at risk.

One wonders why the apex of competitive greatness continues to seek edges that yield unfair advantages. Is it necessary? Did Marian Jones need PED's? Did Barry Bonds require steroids? An irony exists in punishments. Jones was stripped of her titles and did jail time. Armstrong was stripped of his titles, and an enormous amount of money thus far, and one wonders if jail time is in his future. Mr. Bonds? Why do the relatively minor sports of track and field and cycling follow through on punishments meted out, where the enormously wealthy organizations of MLB and the NFL all but turn the other cheek?

In conclusion, Albergotti and O'Connell have put together a very well organized, documented, and readable book. They are neither scathing nor unfair of Armstrong, but report on what was observed and weave it all together in "Wheelmen". One can only hope that the moral of the story contributes to the complete abstinence of PED's in sport.

As a postscript, Albergotti and O'Connell are both reporters for "The Wall Street Journal". One can only hope than one day we will read their book about the investigation, punishment and return of money to everybody hurt by those on Wall Street and the banking industry who all but caused a global financial collapse.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 would compete at a higher level if it used copy-enhancing measures 10 août 2015
Par P.S. Woods - Publié sur
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It's an interesting read. The journalism is all first rate. The book tells a well-paced, even-handed, detailed, interesting story.

My only criticism is that the writing is typical for 21st-Century nonfiction - it reads like unedited, dictated speech. I would have appreciated another pass by a copyeditor who really loves the language. Compared with every other book near this one in a bookstore, it's fine.

So if your standards are relative - and you are seldom jarred by halting, inelegant prose in contemporary books - think of this as five stars.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book 9 novembre 2013
Par BC1 (Ret) - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have never been accused of being a Pollyanna, but like millions of others, I really wanted to believe Armstrong's amazing comeback story. I had my doubts; but as someone who was subject to random drug tests at work, I just couldn't fathom how he or anyone else could possibly get away with doping for so many years. Maybe Armstrong WAS clean. Maybe he WAS being persecuted. Maybe other cyclists WERE just envious. Wrong, wrong and wrong. The authors explain how he and his supporters/enablers were able to get away with it: money, lots of money. As the authors point out in this well written book, Armstrong wasn't the only ambitious, greedy and ruthless person in this Greek tragedy. Sure, he made tons of money, but his supporters, sponsors, cycling related manufacturers and the sport of cycling itself all benefited, which gave all of them more than enough reason to look the other way. Perhaps the saddest part is the fact that Armstrong's early record in triathlons and cycling show that he was a gifted athlete. He may have been able to achieve greatness without the drugs, but we'll never know. Excellent book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating! 31 janvier 2014
Par Andy - Publié sur
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"Wheelmen" is not about bike races and doping scandal... it's about human tragedy in and around the rise and fall of a colossus. It's a fascinating well written story about what can happen when sport (which is supposed to be fun, recreational and health building) get's mingled with unhealthy ambition and big money.
I had no idea about how life endangering doping practices can be; and surely I won't express any judgement over Lance Armstrong and his team buddies as this doesn't belong into a review. Only so much: the most unfortunate consequence of all is that Lance lost so much credibility.

Back to the book itself:
This is a page turner! I read through half a night and good part of the next day. It's like a suspense story, only it relates things that happened for real, and hopefully we learn from it and gain some insight about our own practices of goal setting and what we do to ourselves and others in order to achieve those goals. Besides, this book also talks about the history of professional cycling in America and the men who made it... a story which by itself is already worth to read.

I bought the Kindle version despite a very negative review. To my immense relieve my worries were unfounded. The Kindle version is well made and readable (you might want to change the font settings on your kindle) and the pictures are crisp and easy to see. Please note that I own a 'basic' Kindle.

As a final note, some wonder about the term "Wheelmen"... "Wheel" is a colloquial abbreviate term for bicycle; and "wheelmen" are the ones who ride it; in the world of professional cycling even live on it :-)
All in all I very recommend this book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lance Inc. - The Final Chapter 30 octobre 2013
Par purecarver - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
So here it is! After all of the accusations, law suits, finger pointing, smoke screens, confessions, denials and personal attacks, we finally get the complete unadulterated story of Team Lance - the money machine. The authors have done a great job outlining LA's competitive career and downfall in chronological order. Their story telling is easy to read, expressive, comprehensive and to the point. They compile LA's cycling history with his friends, girlfriends, teammates, coaches, sponsors and enemies and his continual denial of doping while racing and winning the Tour de France seven years in a row.

After reading other accounts about doping conspiracy theories from Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Willy Voet, David Millar and Tyler Hamilton, I knew there was doping in cycling and that most were doing it but to the level and sophistication that LA had organized was mind boggling! Not only was he paying a hefty entry fee for his "special" training program to Ferrari but his "under the table" and "greasing the palm" of the UCI's - Hein "my buddy" Verbruggen was a tactic straight out of the peloton - "keep your enemies close and your blood testers even closer". Sure, everyone was doing PED's but LA was living the PED program in style: villas in Italy, Spain and France, helicopter rides off the mountains after races, jet rides to and from blood transfusions, a rotation of girlfriends and hanging out with giddy celebs.

It is clear from his early childhood competitions that LA was not going to settle for 2nd place in any part of his life let alone a competition. It's a weird coincidence that LA, Weisel, Ochowicz, Stapleton, Bruyneel, the many doctors, Oakley, Trek, Nike and his many cancer supporters and followers would create an empire that was built on a belief that his comeback was from unlucky cancer, not from his early PED use and that LA's cure was to take more than ever so he could win, win, win, earn big $$$$$$$ and never look back at his weak detractors.

I applaud the authors and the many people who have never backed down against the LA machine and kept their composure through a long and arduous journey. I feel a since of relief for everyone involved but I'm a little sad that the real story has been told and my anticipation for another chapter in the LA saga has come to a close.
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