Wheelmen (Anglais) Broché – 3 juillet 2014
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
A detailed account of Armstrong's eventual descent into disgrace (Guardian)
Présentation de l'éditeur
With a new Afterword.
Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tour de France yellow jerseys 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, Armstrong seemed above the fray. Never had cycling - or any sport-boasted such a charismatic and accomplished champion.
Then, in the summer of 2012, the legend imploded. The rumors that had long dogged Armstrong began to solidify. Buried evidence surfaced. Hushed-up witnesses came forth. Armstrong's Tour victories were stripped from him. His sponsors abandoned him. In January 2013, Armstrong finally 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.
With over three years of extensive reporting, deep sourcing, and interviews with nearly every key player, including Armstrong, Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell have established themselves as the undisputed authorities on this story. Wheelmen reveals the broader tale of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world's most difficult race. It 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 Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and breakthrough technology to reach the top.
Lance Armstrong survived and thrived against nigh-insurmountable odds and built a team of unprecedented accomplishment. But in the end, his own outsized ambition destroyed it. 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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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!
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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