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Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong [Kindle Edition]

David Walsh

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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 Times journalist 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 Sins takes the reader into a world of doping and lies, but shows that there is always hope for a better future.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster UK (6. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting read, but wrong angle 7. November 2014
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I have a lot of respect for skeptics. It is not easy to go against the accepted opinions and doubt the validity of things as they appear on the surface. Even though I was not particularly interested in cycling at the time, I remember the sensation that Armstrong was in 1999. He was a legend, a role model. From what I read about him later it also seems he was an aggressive, imposing and intimidating person. Doubting him at the time when everyone was admiring the Champion was not easy, and for that I have a lot of respect to the author of this book.

The author is a journalist, and because of that the book reads a little dry. However, my main issue is with the whole theme of doping in sports. Doping in sport is sub-industry that feeds a lot of people. First, of course, athletes, where the results make a difference between a lucrative income and non-existent one. Second - drug dealers, that's pretty clear. Third, and this is the group that benefits the most, is the anti-doping crowd, from officials making rules and re-inforcing them, to the testing authorities, the labs and, eventually, the journalists who profit tremendously from the shadow drug industry. Without drug scandals lots of people would lose their jobs.

I think it is important to understand that sport is a show business and nothing else. Athletes are not romantic heroes, they are entertainers who are well rewarded for their jobs. Some do it for the money, some for the love of sport, and there is nothing wrong with either. They are not heroes, and any sport is a useless and unnecessary exercise, forgive the pun. Lance Armstrong was riding a bicycle, an activity that in the big picture of human progress has little significance. It is great to see an athlete or a team from your own country win some game that involves sticks or jumping ropes, but the people of the country they represent is no better or worse for it. Show business it is, and the drugs and drug scandals are a big part of it.

There are two ways to eliminate "drug problem" from sport. One - legalize it. This is arguable, but potentially would have tremendous benefits. For one, drugs would be administered by the professionals who specialize in them (currently vast majority of doctors are clueless about PEDs), and dosing regimes would be based on research - that would become possible - and not bro science. Legalizing drugs would bring significant savings to the sports industry by eliminating huge administrative bodies involved in doping control, developing rules - again, based on anecdotal rather than solid scientific evidence etc. It would allow research the results of which are likely to spill into clinical medicine.

Another solution - eliminate the temptation, i.e. huge rewards in sport. I doubt many athletes would dope is not for tremendous monetary and other rewards associated with the winning. You never hear about doping scandals in sports where winnings are modest. Take ultra-marathons as an example: it's a bunch of pretty crazy people doing something very hard for the heck of it. However, I am being realistic and understand that eliminating the reward is impossible.

Until any of this happens sport will be equated with the race for new drugs which are not yet detectable. And journalists will not run out of topics for their exposing books.
3.0 von 5 Sternen lots of stuff, but... 10. Juni 2014
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This book left me somewhat cold. Even though the author has a lot of passion, I don't think it really carried into his writing. Typically he is excellent writer, so I was a bit disappointed.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Druglords of the cycling world 14. Februar 2014
Von Tony - Veröffentlicht auf
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David Walsh proves what investigative journalism is all about. Unwilling to accept the consensus among his peers, David Walsh tells a very personal story of how Lance Amstrong perpetrated the biggest con in sport. David Walsh was unwilling to accept that Lance Amstrong's remarkable wins in the Tour de France were valid and spent over a decade investigating every aspect of Amstrongs training and drug regime. Never doubting himself, he tells of how the sporting world ostracized him and ignored him during his investigation. He tells how it consumed his life and how eventually he was vindicated when Amstrong was eventually exposed as a systematic abuser of sport enhancing drugs.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Remarkable story but at times repetitive nonetheless an inspirational insight. 17. November 2013
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Tremendous account of a gutsy determined and persevering ensemble in the minority triumphing the importance and need for honesty in a murky money driven sport. Despite the on going questions especially, it is still hard to believe the scale of the dangerous lie perpetrated by so many. Good to read a book that has made a difference, and especially one that tries to keep alive the child like innocent passion in sport, albeit a flickering and fragile one.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Cyclist? 8. November 2013
Von Rick B - Veröffentlicht auf
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The inside story finally out, Walsh was ahead of everyone else.Research and a lot of hard work. well written David
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