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

ISBN-10: 034549962X

ISBN-13: 9780345499622

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Authors: David Walsh
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Description: 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 expose, 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'srelentless, 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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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

David Joseph Walsh (born on June 17, 1955) is an Irish sports journalist, who is chief sports writer of the British newspaper The Sunday Times. He is a four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time U.K. Sportswriter of the Year. Walsh has written books about American cyclist, Lance Armstrong. He led the way in exposing the doping within the cycling world. Walsh's books on Armstrong include From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France. Walsh said in January 2013 in an interview with Global Cycling Network (GCN) that "cycling needs new leadership." Walsh's 2012 book entitled, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, provides a definitive account of his 12-year quest to uncover the truth about Armstrong's cycling performance history.

Glossary
Dramatis Personae
Prologue
The Kid from the Cornfields
The Needle and the Damage Done
New Kid, Old World
The Terrible Elixir
If You Can't Beat Them...
The Hospital Room-Part One
Postal Goes European
The Leader Returns
The Program
Crossing the Line
Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est la Meme Chose (The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same)
Frankie's Breaking Point
A Strange Kind of Glory
LeMond Feels the Heat
The Strange World of Ty
The Empire Strikes Back
The Sting in the Tale
The Hospital Room-Part Two
One in a Billion?
"I'll Say No"
Epilogue: The Man Is More Than the Cyclist
Author's Note
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