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Star Trek director Jj Abrams has optioned forthcoming book Cycle of Lies by New York Times reporter Juliet Macu

The story of shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles, is heading to the big screen after Star Trek director Jj Abrams optioned the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.

Abrams's proposed film is the first to be announced since Armstrong admitted during a television interview with Oprah Winfrey that an extensive programme of blood doping and steroid use played a part in all seven of his consecutive Tour de France victories.

Macur has covered the American's career for many years from his return to cycling after battling cancer in 1998, the glory years of 1999 to 2005, the allegations of cheating that dogged him throughout the latter stages of his career and his Tour de France comeback in 2009.

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