January 24, 2013

Lance Armstrong – when biography turns to fiction

Lance Armstrong, who has now finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a record seven Tour de France titles, is being sued by two California book buyers, over claims that he sold fiction as autobiography.

The plaintiffs, Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler, say that they wouldn’t have bought It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life if they had known the truth about Armstrong’s misconduct and involvement with doping.

In the 2000 book and the 2003 follow-up, Every Second Counts, Armstrong strongly denied ever using banned substances, and attributed his successes to superior physical training, good diet, an extraordinary spirit and the drive to succeed.

Armstrong finally admitted to cheating, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast last week. He now admits that, without his use of banned performance enhancing drugs, he would not have won and continued to win cycling races, including seven consecutive Tour de France races.


  1. Louise Henderson, Devon26 January 2013 at 17:27

    At the end of the day, who believes biographies anyway! And he has hardly injured these two idiots, has he?

    1. I have to agree with you Louise. They have obviously sniffed a payout! It is something to keep in mind when writing a biography though! What a world we live in!

  2. Not a big fan of LA, but it has always been clear to me that due to his medical condition he needed to be on Testosterone. So lots of people knew he was doing something. Do I think he cheated, well no he still pedalled all the way. The book was inspirational and maybe did nothing but good, will he produce a new book, well yes he will, who will publish it, they will be knocking his door down. These book buyers are idiots, but will still by his book.
    Ive still got some Livestrong in original packing.


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