Armstrong’s two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey will conclude Friday night, and it will be fascinating to see what Lance Armstrong has left, because this part revealed him in a way he surely didn’t intend. From the start it was apparent — there was a list in his head of truths he could tell and truths he could not, and you could see him parsing them in real time. He could say he took performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tour de Frances, but he had to insist that he was clean during his comeback in 2009 and 2010, despite evidence to the contrary. He could take some measure of responsibility, but he could not say he was in charge, or that he forced or directed any teammates to use, despite evidence to the contrary, given under oath. He could say he had called Betsy Andreu, but he could not say he had sued Emma O’Reilly. (Oprah.com)
Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity. Over the weekend, he posted a photograph on Twitter of him lying on a couch at his home with seven yellow Tour de France jerseys mounted on the wall.
Lance gets burned: U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has been unveiled as this year’s Edenbridge Bonfire Society celebrity guy. The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has a long tradition of building symbolic effigies of famous people to burn during their Guy Fawkes bonfire night, and this year it will be the disgraced Tour de France cyclist, who gets torched for his villainy in sport. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/The Associated Press/PA)
The move came a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. The document’s purpose was to show why USADA has banned him from cycling for life and ordered 14 years of his career results erased – including those Tour titles. It contains sworn statements from 26 witnesses, including 11 former teammates. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)
Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.
“Making a cardboard box is easy and it can be very strong and durable, but to make a bicycle was extremely difficult and I had to find the right way to fold the cardboard in several different directions. It took a year and a half, with lots of testing and failure until I got it right,” he said. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles.
In a news release previewing the decision, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said it would include more than 1,000 pages of evidence. He listed 11 of Armstrong’s former teammates, including George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, as among those providing evidence that led to the sanction.
Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday.
“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” Armstrong said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense.” (Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)
Coco Chanel once said, “there is never a bad time to look pretty.” Generally, cycling spandex isn’t all that pretty but Vancouverite David Phu believes that cycling is simply another opportunity to look your best, and that a cyclist’s wardrobe should not be limited to things that are tight and stretchy. Promoting cycling as a regular daily activity is important to Phu (an avid cyclist himself) and taking it beyond athletic wear has been an integral part of that.
Sagan, at 22 one of cycling’s brightest stars, won his second stage in his debut Tour by bolting from the splintered pack with less than 300 metres left. He crossed the line several lengths and one second – ahead of runner-up Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway and third-place finisher Peter Velits of Slovakia.
Sagan enjoys putting on a show for fans. He churned his arms, as a runner might, in a nod to the title character in the movie “Forrest Gump.”
“It’s a thing I’d discussed with my teammates about what kind of gesture I’d do on the line,” said Sagan, who rides for Liquigas-Cannondale. “Everybody said, ‘Do a Forrest Gump’ because when he was told to run, he ran. And when I’m told to win, I win.”
A BIXI ride around Toronto. Roadwork, pedestrians, other cyclists, and those pesky motorists. National Post Graphics editor Richard Johnson takes a look at what it is like to cycle through Toronto as a tourist would.
Giorgia Bronzini of Italy takes a massive tumble in the second stage of the Tour of Qatar women’s cycling race in al-Shamal, north of the capital Doha. The Tour of Qatar, which is traditionally favoured by the sprinters, is held from February 5-10. (Photos: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)