It is about the lies

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A search for 'Lance Armstrong' in the KPL catalog reveals many books written about the subject. There are the books that helped create the mythical Armstrong story, which goes something like - raised by a tough single mother, displayed phenomenal athletic ability at a young age, near-terminal cancer diagnosis cuts short a promising cycling career, survives cancer, a changed man - he comes back to become the world’s greatest cyclist and wins the Tour de France an utterly amazing 7 times in a row, retires from cycling to lead a philanthropic foundation that reaches millions of cancer survivors around the planet. (see: Tour de Lance or 23 Days in July) Now there are the post-federal investigation/Oprah confession books that reveal Armstrong to be a sophisticated drug cheat, a total bully, a bald-faced liar, and detail his recent plummet from hero to pariah. (see: Wheelman and The Armstrong Lie) Having closely followed professional cycling throughout the era that Lance Armstrong won 7 straight Tour de France titles; I can understand his current perspective which is basically: if everyone was cheating, then nobody was cheating. But the thing that ultimately led to his spectacular fall from grace, and what makes Juliet Macur’s new book about Armstrong, Cycle of Lies: the fall of Lance Armstrong, so captivating, is the fact that the single-minded competitiveness that allowed him to beat cancer and win bike races also fueled the ferocity of his denials and the personal attacks on those that dared to defy him. Macur, unlike most journalists outside Oprah herself, was allowed access to Armstrong and his inner circle, and uses that access to produce a nuanced portrait of how the Lance Armstrong myth formed and grew and how it ultimately collapsed upon itself so catastrophically.


Cycle of Lies


Posted by Michael Cockrell at 04/29/2014 03:08:03 PM | 

if everyone was cheating, then nobody was. Is that Armstrong's current perspective? Also, is it true that everyone was cheating? How do we know? I'm just curious.
fascinating story.
Posted by: matt s ( Email ) at 4/30/2014 10:55 AM

20 of the 21 podium finishers during the the 7 tours that Armstrong won have been linked to doping through admissions, failed tests, or investigations. The 1 guy, Fernando Escartín, who was never directly implicated raced for a team that is now known to have had systematic doping for the whole team and he retired before the tests for much of the doping practices were fully developed. Pretty clearly, everybody was cheating
Posted by: mykyl ( Email ) at 4/30/2014 4:08 PM

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