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By Juliet Macur

The definitive account of Lance Armstrong's awesome upward thrust and fall.

In June 2013, whilst Lance Armstrong fled his palatial domestic in Texas, downsizing within the face of multimillion-dollar complaints, Juliet Macur was once there—talking to his female friend and youngsters and hearing Armstrong's model of the reality. She was once one of many few media individuals other than Oprah Winfrey to be granted prolonged one-on-one entry to the main well-known pariah in sports.

At the guts of Cycle of Lies is Armstrong himself, published via face-to-face interviews.

But this unfolding narrative is given intensity and breadth by means of the firsthand bills of multiple hundred witnesses, together with relations whom Armstrong had lengthy when you consider that became his again on—the adoptive father who gave him the Armstrong identify, a grandmother, an aunt. maybe so much damning of all is the taped testimony of the overdue J.T. Neal, the main influential of Armstrong's many father figures, recorded within the ultimate years of Neal's lifestyles as he misplaced his conflict with melanoma simply as Armstrong received status for surviving the disease.

In the top, it was once Armstrong's former pals, those that had as soon as occupied the valuable area of his internal circle, who betrayed him. They have been those who dealt Armstrong his deadly blow by way of breaking the code of silence that shielded the general public from the awful fact concerning the recreation of cycling—and the awful fact approximately its golden boy, Armstrong.

Threading jointly the bright and disparate voices of these with intimate wisdom of the non-public and public Armstrong, Macur weaves a accomplished and unforgettably wealthy tapestry of 1 man's impressive upward push to worldwide popularity and fortune and his devastating fall from grace.

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At a steeply discounted cost, Armstrong moved into an condo advanced owned via Neal. close to downtown—among tall bushes, twenty paces from Neal’s office—it was once a comfy, secure position that Armstrong may possibly name domestic. Later, Armstrong instructed the Dallas Morning information his residence used to be “killer . . . s-o-o-o great! ” He and Neal met each day, occasionally numerous occasions an afternoon, for therapeutic massage remedies and foodstuff. It gave Neal pride to understand that he can make a good effect at the lifetime of who wanted a few tips. Neal’s first effect used to be that the kid’s ego handed his expertise. Armstrong used to be brash and ill-mannered, in determined want of refinement. however the extra he discovered of Lance’s domestic lifestyles, the sorrier Neal started to believe for him. He used to be a child with no trustworthy father. Linda Armstrong was once happy that her son now had a accountable male position version in his existence, and Neal lent a sympathetic ear to her to boot whereas she handled the rocky transition among marriages. Neal quickly well-known that Armstrong’s insecurities and anger have been items of his damaged family—he felt deserted via his organic father and mistreated by means of his adoptive one. Armstrong didn’t prefer to be on my own, so Neal frequently met him for breakfast on the higher Crust Café, simply down the road from Neal’s condo, and for lunch at a activities bar known as The Tavern. Armstrong ate dinner with the Neals 3 or 4 occasions every week. The Neals’ 3 young children will be there, besides the occasional Armstrong good friend or a pupil Neal was once mentoring. It used to be not anything fancy—sometimes simply slow-cooked beans eaten with plastic utensils out of mismatched mugs, as though they have been on a camping out journey. yet they have been a relations. Frances, Neal’s spouse, and Armstrong have been the group’s jokers. they may chase one another round the dinner desk. they may sing elements of the track “Ice Ice Baby,” by means of the Dallas rap celebrity Vanilla Ice, a track that then sat atop the track charts. One could sing, “Ice ice child! ” and the opposite might answer, “Too chilly, too chilly! ” On a few days, they might deliver their express to the Neals’ motorboat, the place they might spend the day swimming or water-skiing. It was once arguably the happiest, so much easy time in Armstrong’s existence. He not needed to fear approximately Terry Armstrong, and his mother’s present marital woes have been 215 miles north on Interstate 35, again in Plano. His global headquartered on Austin and Neal, who gladly spread out his domestic or flats to nationwide workforce cyclists—like destiny Postal provider teammates George Hincapie, Frankie Andreu, Chann McRae and Kevin Livingston—who desired to educate with Armstrong within the Texas Hill kingdom. The day after Armstrong moved into his new condo, the Neals observed him experience in Lago Vista, thirty-five miles from Austin. Armstrong did poorly and admitted to Neal that he’d been up past due the evening earlier than, consuming at an Austin strip membership named the Yellow Rose. Neal handed it off as Lance’s being simply one other rambunctious youngster checking out his newfound freedom. the decision from Armstrong to J. T.

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