“The riders had known they would be asked to take blood at some point in the Tour, but weren’t told when. As had happened before, someone — sometimes a motorcycle driver who had been hired to do it, sometimes the team chef, sometimes a security worker — had delivered the blood immediately before the transfusions. Engine trouble was just a ruse designed to outsmart the journalists and the French police who suspected the Postal team of doping.” This excerpt from a book called Wheelmen shows the lengths to which cyclists — led by Lance Armstrong — went to gain an advantage in the impossibly difficult Tour De France.