Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong
The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's spectacular rise and fall.
In June 2013, when Lance Armstrong fled his palatial home in Texas, downsizing in the face of multimillion-dollar lawsuits, Juliet Macur was there—talking to his girlfriend and children and listening to Armstrong's version of the truth. She was one of the few media members aside from Oprah Winfrey to be granted extended one-on-one access to the most famous pariah in sports.
At the center of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, revealed through face-to-face interviews.
But this unfolding narrative is given depth and breadth by the firsthand accounts of more than one hundred witnesses, including family members whom Armstrong had long since turned his back on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong name, a grandmother, an aunt. Perhaps most damning of all is the taped testimony of the late J.T. Neal, the most influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded in the final years of Neal's life as he lost his battle with cancer just as Armstrong gained fame for surviving the disease.
In the end, it was Armstrong's former friends, those who had once occupied the precious space of his inner circle, who betrayed him. They were the ones who dealt Armstrong his fatal blow by breaking the code of silence that shielded the public from the grim truth about the sport of cycling—and the grim truth about its golden boy, Armstrong.
Threading together the vivid and disparate voices of those with intimate knowledge of the private and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a comprehensive and unforgettably rich tapestry of one man's astonishing rise to global fame and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.
Office of National Drug Control Policy, which gives $9 million a year to USADA—most of USADA’s $13.7 million annual budget. In questioning USADA’s investigation of Armstrong, the senator relied on arguments identical to those used by Armstrong’s legal team. He said USADA was depriving Armstrong of his basic due process and that “USADA’s authority over Armstrong is strained, at best.” He called USADA’s case “a novel conspiracy theory” and said that Armstrong had been tested “over five hundred
with John Hendershot and Lance Armstrong, 2013. CHAPTER 6 84 “You can’t control”: Interview with Betsy Andreu, 2006. 86 He said, “Growth hormone”: Ibid.; Betsy Andreu deposition in Lance Armstrong v. SCA Promotions, Inc., January 17, 2006. 87 “Betsy, please, I’ve never taken”: Interview with Betsy Andreu, 2006. 87 Several of his former teammates: Interviews with Stephen Swart, Lance Armstrong and two other Motorola riders who wanted to remain anonymous because they didn’t want to be seen
The difference between Bruyneel and the former team manager Johnny Weltz was that Bruyneel was obsessed with the nuances of doping and getting away with it. He kept tabs of every rider’s doping program and knew everyone’s hematocrit level. Once, when Vaughters had returned to Europe after spending time at home in the mile-high city of Denver, his hematocrit was 48 and Bruyneel laid into him. “You are doping on your own, aren’t you?” he said. When Vaughters said his hematocrit was just naturally
calling Becky Livingston for Shiels’s number, specifically asking her to keep the request from Livingston’s husband, Kevin. A second after Betsy hung up with Becky, Kevin Livingston called, yelling about Betsy’s effort to help Walsh. “He’ll bring everybody down. You can’t do that. This is Frankie’s livelihood; this is my livelihood. Are you crazy?” The request got back to Armstrong, who then sent Frankie Andreu a scathing e-mail. “To go around and say to becky ‘please don’t tell kevin’ is as
WADA boss took that to mean Armstrong would fight his innocence to the end, no matter what the cost, so Pound had better lay off him. After that call, without any warning, Armstrong sent a letter to the president of the IOC asking that Pound be expelled from the organization because he was “a recidivist violator of ethical standards.” Some other officials took the EPO positives as proof that Armstrong had cheated. Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc, the same man who said Armstrong had saved the