Seven Deadly Sins : My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong Paperback
by David Walsh
When Lance Armstrong fought back from life-threatening cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France - the so-called 'Tour of Renewal' - it seemed almost too good to be true.
It was. Sunday Timesjournalist David Walsh was one of a small group who was prepared to raise awkward questions about Armstrong's seemingly superhuman feats. And so began a 13-year battle to reveal the truth that finally ended in October 2012 when the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour victories and banned from the sport for life.
Walsh's gripping and moving personal account of his struggles is a revealing insight into the murkier end of professional cycling - a place where having the right doctor can make all the difference and where there existed a conspiracy of silence.
As he shows, it never was about the bike. However, spurred on by a few brave people who were prepared to speak out in the hope of saving the sport they loved, Walsh continued to probe, and eventually he was vindicated when Armstrong's reputation was ruined.
In this updated edition, covering Armstrong's confession to Oprah, Seven Deadly Sinstakes the reader into a world of doping and lies, but shows that there is always hope for a better future. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of theYear prize.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, 8pp colour plates
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/06/2013
- Category: Cycling
- ISBN: 9781471127557
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Review by Fluffyblue
Well written account of the years that David Walsh tried to get the world to believe that Lance Armstrong's wins in the Tour de France couldn't be anything other than fraudulent, and that he was a drugs cheat.This book is really quite eye opening in relation to the lengths that Lance Armstrong went to to hide his cheating ways. I was really pleased for David that Lance finally came out and 'admitted' (let's face it - he had little choice!) that he had taken performance enhancing drugs on each of his seven Tour de France wins.