Unfriendly relations: America vs. Europe in the Tour de France
Sizing up the first American ever to ride the Tour de France, legendary French racing director
After the World Championship road race in Barcelona,
Facing a 50-second deficit before the final time trial into Paris, LeMond uses a futuristic bike wheel and an aerodynamic helmet to win the Tour by eight seconds over France's bareheaded
After becoming road racing World Champion in Oslo at age 21,
Cofidis racing director
Armstrong wins his first Tour title in the same year that, for the first time since 1926, no Frenchman wins a single stage.
The day after Armstrong's record seventh straight -- and most recent -- Tour win, the French sports daily
Under the headline THE ARMSTRONG LIE, L'Equipe reports that testing of six separate samples drawn from Armstrong during his 1999 Tour victory, saved for research purposes and subjected to a newly developed test, show evidence of the banned blood booster EPO. Armstrong charges on
Shortly before flying to France for the end of the Tour, a retired Armstrong jokes that the French national soccer team had tested positive -- "for being a-------." Upon his arrival Armstrong is greeted by a headline in the national daily France-Soir: "Welcome to France, A------!"
Armstrong opens a bike shop in Austin called Mellow Johnny's, a fractured French rendering of the phrase for the Tour yellow leader's jersey, le maillot jaune.
Armstrong appears on the cover of
Doorstepped by a French out-of-competition drug tester following a training ride, Armstrong keeps his visitor waiting 20 minutes so he can take a shower. When it becomes clear that this may jeopardize Armstrong's ability to ride the Tour de France, his team director,