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Episode 417: Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

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Episode 417: Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

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Episode 417: Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

Episode 417: Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

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Armstrong, who was stripped of his Tour de France titles last month, tweeted this photo a few days ago. Lance Armstrong/Mobli hide caption

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On today's show, we consider a world where everybody cheats and where you can't win unless you game the regulators: Professional cycling.

Under the leadership of Lance Armstrong, the U.S. Postal Service cycling team was wildly successful, winning the Tour de France seven years in a row.

According to a recent report, the team was running a high-tech, secret doping operation during those years. The operation was run like a business, and its leader was Lance Armstrong.

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For more: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle.