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Lance Armstrong totally dopedSep 04 2012

If you had any remaining doubts about Lance Armstrong's involvement in doping, Tyler Hamilton's book should put those to rest. Hamilton was Armstrong's teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team, and in the book, he tells the story (corroborated by no fewer than nine former Armstrong/Hamilton teammates) of how Armstrong, the USPS team, and practically everyone else on the racing circuit doped in the 1990s/2000s. From an early look at the book by Christopher Keys at Outside Magazine:

The drugs are everywhere, and as Hamilton explains, Armstrong was not just another cyclist caught in the middle of an established drug culture -- he was a pioneer pushing into uncharted territory. In this sense, the book destroys another myth: that everyone was doing it, so Armstrong was, in a weird way, just competing on a level playing field. There was no level playing field. With his connections to Michele Ferrari, the best dishonest doctor in the business, Armstrong was always "two years ahead of what everybody else was doing," Hamilton writes. Even on the Postal squad there was a pecking order. Armstrong got the superior treatments.

What ultimately makes the book so damning, however, is that it doesn't require readers to put their full faith in Hamilton's word. In the book's preface, which details its genesis, Coyle not so subtly addresses Armstrong's supporters by pointing out that, while the story is told through Hamilton, nine former Postal teammates agreed to cooperate with him on The Secret Race, verifying and corroborating Hamilton's account. Nine teammates.

No wonder he gave up.

Lance Armstrong returns to cyclingSep 09 2008

Vanity Fair confirms: Lance Armstrong will return to cycling with the goal of competing in and winning the Tour de France in 2009.

Lance Armstrong returns?Sep 08 2008

Sources are saying that Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement to race the Tour de France in 2009. (via clusterflock)

The Onion: Lance Armstrong's Endurance Tested By Sheryl Crow Concert.Sep 30 2005

The Onion: Lance Armstrong's Endurance Tested By Sheryl Crow Concert.

The science of Lance ArmstrongJul 28 2005

The science of Lance Armstrong. Between 1992 and 1999, he increased his muscle efficiency by 8 percent, a gain previously thought to be impossible.

Gallery of newspaper front pages from LanceJul 26 2005

Gallery of newspaper front pages from Lance Armstong's 7th tour victory.

Photo slideshow of Lance Armstrong's Tour de FranceJul 25 2005

Photo slideshow of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France.

How do cycling teams work?Jul 15 2005

How do cycling teams work?.

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