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The Race to Truth


SHORTLISTED FOR THE ‘SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR’

IN THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2014


‘This won’t come as a shock to anyone, but this woman is a much better person than I am or will ever be.’

Lance Armstrong


A US sporting legend. The biggest doping scandal in history. And a woman who refused to be silenced.


Irish born Emma O’Reilly joined the US Postal team as a soigneur in 1997 working closely with Lance Armstrong. The pair formed a friendship while Armstrong beat the odds to go onto win the Tour de France. But as he secured a place as one of America’s biggest sporting legends Emma felt forced to turn a blind eye to life behind the scenes of pro-cycling and it’s endemic doping problems.


Years later after Emma left the sport, her conscience struggled with the knowledge pro- cyclists, including Marco Pantani, were dying because of drugs. Now by not speaking out Emma began to feel like part of the problem. It was then she agreed to speak to Sunday Times journalist David Walsh who’d been investigating doping for years.


But instead of cleaning up the sport, Emma found herself labeled a whistleblower and dismissed as a liar. Faced with a £1million legal bill she stood to lose everything, just for telling the truth. Including a foreword from Lance Armstrong himself, this book is a must-read for all cycling fans, revealing the ultimate story of responsibility, betrayal, morality and forgiveness.



Reviews:


'Impartial, honest, brave... the definitive account of those years.'

Irish Examiner, Books of the Year


'Fascinating.'

Irish Times, Books of the Year


'Of all the depictions of Armstrong over the years, this is the most empathetic, unrelenting in its depiction of the doping monster, yet ultimately it is also forgiving.'

The Guardian


'Balanced and inspiring... Emma O'Reilly writes with great courage and honesty.'

Waterstones


‘Among the best of the Armstrong books out there.’

William Fotheringham, The Guardian


‘The Race to Truth is the post USADA Armstrong book everyone should read.’

SB Nation


“The complete candor and guilelessness of Emma O'Reilly captivated this reader as I was taken on a fresh and insightful journey into the dark, sordid world of professional cycling. This is not just a tale about an imperfect man maligned by his own greed and hubris, but more so a condemning indictment of a once beautiful sport rotten to the core.”

Netgalley


“This well written book gives a behind the scenes look at what really happens in the competitive biking world. It was an eye-opening account of a first hand witness.”

Jeanne Schrock – Librarian


“Emma's straightforward, non-nonsense, account of her time as a soigneur and of her role in unveiling the truth about Lance Armstrong and doping in cycling is engaging and fresh. It's both brutal about Armstrong as a person and as a doper, but his also places his performance drug abuse in the context of the sport at the time. It's interesting that Armstrong himself provides the foreword to the book as he doesn't come out of it well.”

Ceri Fowler - Reviewer


“A great book, very informative and interesting. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.”

Penny Carr – Reviewer


“This was a fascinating book that I devoured in two sittings. A great behind the scenes story by someone who was there day-in day-out. Well worth the read.”

Julie Doe - Reviewer


“A welcome addition to the growing library of books showing the real Lance Armstrong. O'Reilly's perspective as one of the victims in this sorry tale is a welcome new perspective.”

Brendan Crowley - Librarian


“If you want to learn about the rise of a champion cyclist and his fall from grace then this is the book for you.”

Ivory Castle


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