Pierre Ballester

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Pierre Ballester (1959) is a French sports journalist. He has written extensively about doping in cycling.


He was a correspondent in London for Agence France-Presse, Sport, and L'Equipe.[1]

Ballester co-wrote L.A. Confidentiel with David Walsh. It was published in 2004 by La Martinière. The book resulted in a number of lawsuits by Lance Armstrong's lawyers in France and England.[2]

He also co-wrote Le Sale Tour (a pun in French : literally « the dirty tour », for Tour de France, double entending « dirty trick [also 'tour' in french] » ) with Walsh, about Armstrong's "comeback" in the 2009-2010 period.[3]



  1. ^ L'affaire de dopage Lance Armstrong est loin d'être terminée, Anthony Fillet, L'Express, publié le 24/08/2012, retr 2012 10 22
  2. ^ Please see the L.A. Confidentiel article for more info
  3. ^ Armstrong comeback "a masquerade"?, Cyclingnews, June 4, 2009, retr 2012 10 22