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Paramount and Jj Abrams's Bad Robot secure film rights to Cycle of Lies, forthcoming book about disgraced champion

The story of shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles, is heading to the big screen. Star Trek director Jj Abrams has optioned the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur with the intention of turning it into a high-profile film, reports Deadline.

The proposed movie is the first to be announced since Armstrong admitted that an extensive programme of blood doping and steroid use played a part in all seven of his consecutive Tour de France victories during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week. Macur has covered Armstrong's career for more than a decade, through his return to cycling after battling potentially fatal cancer in 1998, the championship-winning years of 1999 to 2005, the allegations »

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