Thursday, January 24, 2013 |
Disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong finally admitted to blood doping to help snag his seven Tour de France championships, but the anticipated confession on Oprah may have just made some of his former fans more angry at the cancer survivor.
A pair of readers of Armstrong's two autobiographies have launched a class action lawsuit against the athlete, according to USA Today.
The lawsuit claims that Armstrong and his publishers misrepresented his autobiographies "as true and honest works of nonfiction when, in fact, Defendants knew or should have known that these books were works of fiction."
The plaintiffs allege that in the two books in question, It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts, Armstrong misrepresents his success and denies the doping allegations that have plagued his career.
"Doping is an unfortunate fact of life in cycling ... Inevitably, some teams and riders feel it's like nuclear weapons -- that they have to do it to stay competitive within the peloton. I never felt that way, and certainly after chemo the idea of putting anything foreign in my body was especially repulsive," reads an excerpt from It's Not About the Bike cited in the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs argue that Armstrong made millions of dollars from the sales of the two books and seek to reimburse every California reader who purchased one or both of the works.