’99 Lance goes global

The old Frenchman was curious. The only person standing behind a low fence that separated fans from the bustle of the start of the 86th Tour de France, he shouted a question to a rider warming up on the rollers outside a small U.S. Postal Service Team van.

“How do you feel?” the Frenchman asked. His question was translated into English by a soigneur.

“Tell him I feel good,” the rider said. “How are you going to do today?”

the Frenchman asked.

“As good as I can,” the rider said. “I’m hopeful I’ll do well.”

“Good luck then,” the Frenchman said.

“You’ve got a fan club,” the soigneur said. The rider grunted, then smiled.

“One more question,” the Frenchman said. “Who are you? What’s your name?”

“Lance Armstrong,” the rider said.

“How do you spell that?” the Frenchman asked. “I’ve never heard of you.”

So much for fan clubs. Killing time before the prologue in western France, the old man had simply chosen the nearly solitary Armstrong as a way to avoid

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Mehr von Velonews

Velonews5 min gelesenScience & Mathematics
I Can See Clearly Now
Most sunglass reviews address fit, feel, and looks, but what about function? How effective are various sunglasses at providing a clear view without distortion while blocking UV light? Here, I put 33 glasses to two tests. Decades ago, an Oakley repres
Velonews3 min gelesenAutomotive
Quick Shift
SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo are constantly working on the next generation of road component groups. As of early April, Shimano offers 11-speed groups, while SRAM and Campagnolo have 12-speed road groups. SRAM is tight-lipped about any upcoming part
Velonews1 min gelesen
Men’s gravel
RIDER Xavier Melendez is Boulder Gravel. Or, at least, he is BLDR GRVL on Instagram. The longtime rider is co-founder and COO of the boutique creative agency Sweet Sadie. HELMET A 200g lid with plenty of ventilation, accommodation to hold your sungla