Pierre Ballester is an investigative sports journalist. He has written extensively about doping in cycling, including the famous L.A. Confidentiel (with David Walsh), which exposed the doping scandal nearly ten years before Lance Armstrong would make his confession. Ballester is also a rugby insider who has worked closely with a number of the sport’s key players. He co-directed the French Rugby Federation official magazine for a number of years and is the author of La France du rugby (Panama, 2006). He co-authored the book Cadrages et Débordements by former coach of the French national rugby team, Marc Lièvremont.