Lance Armstrong is angry. “I mean, listen, look. Travis Tygart and his band of haters can say what they want. Those Tours happened. . . . It was an unfortunate time, most of us if not all of us played by the same set of rules. . . . I consider myself the winner of those seven Tours.”
The memory is as vivid as the stain that could be seen darkening the road. It was a damp patch, a small puddle emanating from a stricken rider’s head, expanding on the asphalt as riders sprinted past, rubbernecking at 45 mph to catch a glimpse of the figure on the road. He was lying on his side, curled up in the fetal position.
The gift: Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani climbing to the summit of Mont Ventoux in 2000.
Perhaps the single most dramatic moment of the Lance Armstrong era.
How will the Lance Armstrong situation affect the sport of triathlon?
Peter Cossins describes the intricacies of racing in the peloton and how the tactics have changed in recent years.
Race tactics, low salaries, sponsorship pressure, and a chance to race at Worlds. The highs and lows of a small bike racing team play out in this chapter from American Pro.
Learn how sponsorship works (or doesn’t work) in this excerpt from Jamie Smith’s new book on a small domestic cycling team trying to make it in the world of bike racing.
Some teams have humble beginnings. In this first chapter of Jamie Smith’s book on domestic bike racing, find out how one small team got its start.
A heart attack is not the same thing as athlete’s heart.
Please enjoy the Introduction chapter from Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports by Mark Johnson.
Cyclingtips.com offers this in-depth, English-language review of the original Dutch edition of Thomas Dekker’s book DESCENT.
Please enjoy this excerpt from Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team by Tim Lewis.
33 active VeloPress authors have close connections to the Olympics.
Mark Johnson says that doping culture has persisted despite nearly 50 years of efforts to weed it out.
Argyle Armada author Mark Johnson has spent the last two years researching and writing a comprehensive look at doping, called “Spitting in the Soup,” published by VeloPress. Red Kite Prayer has been hearing about this book for a good year and has eagerly awaited its release.
Cycling journalist Richard Moore asks, “What are the most memorable Tour de France stages of all time?”, and poses the 20 stages he thinks earn the mark. Includes excerpts from all 20 stages.
The amateur ethos that still informs the Olympic sports runs counter to the very nature of sport, which demands high performance. The increasing commercialization of sports intensifies this tension—and the insidious temptation of corruption. The spirit of sport is a recent WADA invention, not an inherent quality of sport—but it’s still worth the aspiration.