For years, Lance Armstrong denied he had used performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tours de France. There had been accusations; he'd even been stripped of his titles, but still he maintained his innocence. That all changed last week when the cyclist admitted in a high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had used the drugs.
Armstrong told Oprah he didn’t “invent the culture” of doping in cycling, “but I didn’t try to stop the culture, and I’m sorry for that.”
Will he now be sorry about his memoir, "It's Not About The Bike"? The book is the focus of a class-action lawsuit filed this week in California on behalf on unhappy readers. The suit accuses the cyclist and his publishers of "fraud and false advertising," CNN reports. "'Throughout the book, Defendant Armstrong repeatedly denies that he ever used banned substances before or during his professional cycling career,' the suit said."
"It's Not About the Bike" was published by Putnam in 2000, when Armstrong had beaten cancer and gone on to win the Tour de France. The inspiring book was a No. 1 bestseller, and helped bring Armstrong's story to a wide audience.