Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong

By Juliet Macur

The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's dazzling upward thrust and fall.

In June 2013, while Lance Armstrong fled his palatial domestic in Texas, downsizing within the face of multimillion-dollar complaints, Juliet Macur was once there—talking to his female friend and youngsters and hearing Armstrong's model of the reality. She was once one of many few media contributors other than Oprah Winfrey to be granted prolonged one-on-one entry to the main well-known pariah in sports.

At the guts of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, published via face-to-face interviews.

But this unfolding narrative is given intensity and breadth via the firsthand debts of multiple hundred witnesses, together with family whom Armstrong had lengthy in view that became his again on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong identify, a grandmother, an aunt. might be so much damning of all is the taped testimony of the past due J.T. Neal, the main influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded within the ultimate years of Neal's lifestyles as he misplaced his conflict with melanoma simply as Armstrong received status for surviving the disease.

In the tip, it used to be Armstrong's former acquaintances, those that had as soon as occupied the valuable house of his internal circle, who betrayed him. They have been those who dealt Armstrong his deadly blow by means of breaking the code of silence that shielded the general public from the awful fact concerning the recreation of cycling—and the awful fact approximately its golden boy, Armstrong.

Threading jointly the shiny and disparate voices of these with intimate wisdom of the personal and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a complete and unforgettably wealthy tapestry of 1 man's staggering upward thrust to worldwide popularity and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.

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She stated the mysterious package deal, the “liquid gold,” that coach Pepe Martí brought to Armstrong after dinner that evening in France. She recalled Armstrong assembly Ferrari at a gasoline station en path to the Milan-San Remo race. She testified that Kristin Armstrong knew approximately Lance’s doping, that Kristin acknowledged it was once “a worthwhile evil. ” She defined invoice Stapleton asking Frankie—who was once secretly taping the talk—to continue Betsy quiet approximately Armstrong’s health center room admission since it “will blow the full activity. ” For years, she may say not anything publicly. She believed that breaking the code of silence may break her husband’s biking profession. yet now, for 3 hours, she unburdened herself. by the point she used to be performed, Armstrong used to be long past. He’d taken off in the course of a lunch holiday, sure for ny. It was once a aid for Frankie. He shared none of his wife’s self assurance. In his flip less than oath, Frankie took Betsy’s position on the desk within the convention room and proven her model of the occasions that had happened in Armstrong’s sanatorium room. but if requested if he had identified Armstrong used performance-enhancing medicines, he stated no. requested if he ever had a dialogue with Armstrong approximately utilizing EPO or had wisdom of Armstrong’s utilizing medicines, back he stated no. not like his spouse, Frankie Andreu remained so scared of Armstrong that he perjured himself, a number of of his former teammates stated. Stephen Swart, a former Motorola teammate, couldn’t clarify why Frankie could have denied less than oath that he knew approximately Armstrong’s doping—or that he ever talked to Armstrong approximately doping—because he acknowledged the total Motorola group in 1995 stated utilizing EPO. He acknowledged Frankie used to be simply one other player within the drug tradition of biking and of the Motorola crew, similar to Armstrong was once, similar to many best riders on the time have been. He recalled that Frankie’s hematocrit on the 1995 journey was once approximately 50. Armstrong acknowledged there have been “no secrets and techniques” at the group again then, and that many riders at the squad—including Andreu—were open approximately their drug use, which integrated taking cortisone or cortisone-type elements and later EPO, overseen through workforce surgeon Max Testa. Andreu denies that he and his teammates ever spoke of their drug use so nonchalantly between them. After supplying his testimony, Andreu corrected his written deposition, seeming to back off. He now testified he “wasn’t certain” if Armstrong had used performance-enhancing medicines, and that he wasn’t definite if he ever spoke to him approximately EPO one-on-one. He additionally stated, “While he [Armstrong] was once racing postcancer, I can’t remember at the moment any use of gear firsthand. ” rather than going together with his preliminary remark that he by no means heard Armstrong say he had used PEDs, Andreu replaced his testimony to whatever that was once borderline comical: “This used to be the 1st time I heard him admit the entire medicines he admitted to taking. ” it doesn't matter what Andreu acknowledged below oath—or, quite, didn’t say—Armstrong nonetheless felt threatened via the Andreus’ testimony. He was once so apprehensive that his skillful public kin humans went to paintings to push confident press approximately him.

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