According to a comprehensive new book on the doping scandal that took down Lance Armstrong, former girlfriend Sheryl Crow was witness to the cyclist receiving a secret blood transfusion. The singer later told investigators what she had seen during a criminal probe some five years after the couple split. 

"Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever," set for release next week, is the work of Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, who claim they were given an inside account of Armstrong's career and tactics thanks to more than 100 interviews with "former teammates, federal investigators and antidoping officials."

After Armstrong admitted doping earlier this year, many wondered whether Crow — who dated the cyclist from 2003-2006 — knew more than she was letting on. In an interview, the 51-year-old was cryptic in her reaction. 
“I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free,” she told "Entertainment Tonight." “To carry around a weight like that would be devastating in the long run.” 

As "Wheelmen" claims, Crow definitely was given access to Armstrong's inner circle. 

“Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it,” the authors write. “He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team’s doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport — that all cyclists were doing the same thing.”

Premiering less than a month after "Wheelman" hits retail will be the documentary "The Armstrong Lie." Director Alex Gibney actually started the project under a much different title, "The Road Back," as a way to document Armstrong's 2009 Tour de France comeback, but shifted focus following the cyclist's downfall. 

“He had lied to me, straight to my face,” Gibney says in the trailer. “When the truth came out, I told him he owed me an explanation.”

"The Armstrong Lie," which opens on Nov. 8 in New York and Los Angeles, will feature several in-depth interviews with the cyclist. 

"Let's get to the real nature and real detail of the story," Armstrong says in the film. "We haven't heard it yet."

Check out a trailer below:


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Report: Sheryl Crow saw Lance Armstrong doping, then told feds about it
New book 'Wheelmen' claims the singer saw the cyclist receive a blood transfusion and later told feds during a 2011 investigation.