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Author: Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O’Connell Narrator: Santino Fontana Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780698148956
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The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his “mythic, perfect story” as “one big lie.” But his admission raised more questions than it answered—because he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully avoided getting caught. Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell broke the news at every turn. In Wheelmen they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world’s most diffcult race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal Service Team owner Thom Weisel, who in a brazen power play ousted USA Cycling’s top leadership and gained control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong’s dominance. Meanwhile, sponsors fought over contracts with Armstrong as the entire sport of cycling began to benefit from the “Lance effect.” What had been a quirky, working-class hobby became the pastime of the Masters of the Universe set.

Wheelmen offers a riveting look at what happens when enigmatic genius breaks loose from the strictures of morality. It reveals the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted practice, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top. At last exposing the truth about Armstrong and American cycling, Wheelmen paints a living portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captivating…a level-headed view of the culture and business of cycling.”


  • “The most comprehensive book on the subject…a colorful and thorough retelling.”

    USA Today

  • “A chilling tale, and many of the anecdotes Albergotti and O’Connell collected sound like they were actually crafted in a TV-drama writers’ room."


  • “Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell uncovered plenty more shocking details about the full extent of Armstrong’s drug use as well as the many people and institutions that helped him."

    Daily Beast

  • Wheelmen is all the truth and reconciliation the sport needs.”

    Philadelphia Review of Books

  • “The book is rich in details, facts, and figures.”

    Velo News

  • “The definitive book on Armstrong.”

    Montreal Gazette

  • “The only thing ever missing was the truth. In Wheelmen, we get it.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “The authors investigate doping in cycling, once considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in sports, and document the widespread corruption that ensued. Narrator Santino Fontana uses a variety of European accents, when appropriate, for those close to the sport. At the crux of the doping scandal is Lance Armstrong, whose renowned prowess on the bike (multiple Tour de France titles) and compelling personal story (cancer survivor) are matched only by his stubborn, controlling temperament. Fontana uses a brash, almost impatient, voice for Armstrong. With meticulous reporting and vivid accents, the authors and narrator peel back the layers of a worthy, though not very likable, biographical subject. It’s a revealing ride.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

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About the Author

Reed Albergotti is a white-collar crime reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is also the son of a fanatic amateur cyclist who served as the director of cycling competition in the 1984 Olympics. An accomplished bike racer himself, Reed speaks the sport’s odd language.

About the Narrator

Santino Fontana is a stage actor, director, and composer. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and recently provided the voice of Prince Hans in Frozen. In 2015 he became the first guest artist to perform three times in the space of one year with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.