Reed Albergotti & Vanessa O'Connell

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Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell discuss their book, "Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever." (5:12)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

BROKE THE ARMSTRONG KEATINGSCANDAL.

BIG DEAL PLEASE WELCOME REEDALBERED GOTTI, AND VANESSA

O'CONNELL.

LET'S GET YOUR BONA FIDES OUTHERE.

REED AND VANESSA YOU BOTH WORKFOR THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL,"

CORRECT?

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: YOU COVER WHITECOLLAR CRIME?

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: AND YOU COVER-->> I'VE BEEN COVERING VICES LIKE

TOBACCO, ALCOHOL.

>> Stephen: SO TOGETHER WHITECOLLAR CRIME AND DOPE EQUALS

LANCE ARMSTRONG.

BECAUSE YOUR NEW BOOK IS CALLED"WHEELED MEN: LANCE ARMSTRONG

THE TOUR DE FRANCE AND THEGREATEST SPORTS CONSPIRACY

EVER."

FIRST OF ALL, LANCE IS AFRIEND.

>> I KNOW THAT.

>> Stephen: I STICK BY MYFRIEND.

I'M LOYAL TO THE END.

MY FIRST QUESTION IS, DO PEOPLESTILL LIKE HIM?

DO PEOPLE STILL LIKE LANCE?

HOW IS HIS POPULARITY DOING?

>> NOT STOW GREAT.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES DLANCEDO THAT WAS SO BAD?

HONEST TO GOD.

IT'S JUST A BICYCLE RACE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE WHAT LITTLEKIDS DO WITH BELLS AND

STREAMERS.

WHY ARE WE HOLDING HIS FEET TOTHE FIRE OVER THIS?

IT'S NOT THE TOUR DU AMERICA.

IT'S THE TOUR DE FRANCE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

WHY?

HE FOOLED SOME FRENCH PEOPLE.

( LAUGHTER )>> IT'S REALLY NOT JUST ABOUT

CHEATING IN CYCLING.

CHEATING IN SPORTS, YOU'RERIGHT, IT'S NOT A CRIME IN THE

U.S.

BUT WHAT THIS BOOK IS REALLYABOUT IS THE WHOLE CONSPIRACY

AROUND COVERING UP FOR THECHEATING IN THAT RACE.

AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SORT OFTOLD THE TRUTH OVER THE YEARS

AND WHO WERE CONFRONTED WITHLAWSUIT, THREATS FROM LANCE AND

THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM.

I MEAN, THAT'S REALLY THESTORY.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT DID HEDO?

HOW DID HE GET AWAY WITH THIS.

HE WON SEVEN TIMES.

HOW DO YOU NOT GET CAUGHT WHILEYOU'RE DOING IT BUT GET CAUGHT

YEARS LATER.

>> THAT'S WHAT WE FOUND SOAMAZING ABOUT THE STORY.

THERE WERE ALLEGATIONS THAT CAMEOUT YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND SOMEHOW

THIS THING KEPT SECRET, AND HEALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR A BUNCH OFCOINCIDENCES AT THE VERY END, I

MEAN, HE WOULD HAVE-- WE NEVERWOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ALL OF

THIS.

>> Stephen: WHAT WAS HEACTUALLY DOING TO HIS BODY.

THIS RACE THSH TOUR DE FRANCE,ONE THING I'LL SAY IS IT SEEMS

IMPOSSIBLE.

HONEST TO GOD, IT'S DAYS IN AROW GOING UP HILL AND DOWN HILL

IN THE PYRENEES, THINGS THATWOULD CRUSH A NON-DOPED HUMAN.

WHAT WAS HE DOING?

HOW WAS HE SUPER CHARGESHIMSELF?

>> IT EVOLVED.

IT STARTED OUT WITH HUMAN GROWTHHORMONE AND TESTOSTERONE.

>> Stephen: I HEARD THAT'SDELICIOUS.

HE WAS ON THE T-GEL GEL?

>> WELL, GEL OR PATCH AND THISEVOSMED INTO HIGHER OCTANE TYPE

OF DOPING, E.P.O., EDGAR ALLENPOE IS A BLOOD-BOOSTING DRUG.

THAT WAS THE 96 NAME OR LANCEARMSTRONG CALLED IT BUTTER AS A

CODE NAME.

>> HE KEPT IT IN THE BUTTERCOMPARTMENT IN THE

REFRIGERATOR.

>> Stephen: AND WHEN THEYCAUGHT HIM THEY SAID, "I CAN'T

BELIEVE THIS IS NOT BUTTER."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )WAIT A SECOND.

SO, BUT, OKAY, SO WHAT-- YOURINITIAL REPORTING ON THIS WAS

WHEN?

>> WE STARTED REPORTING ON ITREALLY TOGETHER BACK IN 2010

WHEN WE BROKE THE STORY OF FLOYDLANDIS, HIS FORMER TEAMMATE --

>> Stephen: WHO IS THE GUYWHO WON AFTER HIM?

>> CORRECT.

AND HE TESTED POSITIVELY AFTERTHAT.

>> Stephen: AND FLOYD LARKEDON LANCE.

NOBODY LIKES A SQUEALER.

WHAT DID HE DO WHEN HE NARCED ONHIM.

>> HE CALLED HIM A LIAR.

HE HAD A POINT.

HE DENIED USE PERFORMANCEENHANCING DRUG.

>> IF HE HAD BEEN NICER TOFLOYD, THIS MIGHT NEVER HAVE

COME OUT.

BUT HE WAS A JERK TO FLOYD, ANDAS A RESULT --

>> Stephen: PAYBACK IS ABITCH.

>> Stephen: HE OWES THEPOSTAL SERVICE-- WHO WAS A

SPONSOR-- LONG GREEN.

>> THE POSTAL SERVICE PAID $40MILLION OVER THE YEARS TO HIS

CYCLING TEAM AND NOW HE'S BEINGSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE IN A WHISTLEBLOWERLAWSUIT THAT COULD END IN TRIPLE

THAT.

SO 120 MILLION.

>> Stephen: WOW, WOW.

I'M GLAD THEY'RE GOING AFTERLANCE INSTEAD OF THE HEADS OF

ANY OF THE BANKS ON WALLSTREET.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THIS IS WHERE THE REAL WHITECOLLAR CRIME IS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGME.

VANESSA.

THANK YOU, SO MUCH, REED.

THE BOOK IS "WHEELED MEN."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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