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The story of Taylor Phinney’s long, cold ride will warm your heart

Taylor Phinney

Taylor Phinney

If you read only one story this week, you should read about Taylor Phinney‘s remarkable last-place finish in a stage of the recent Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

We know what you’re thinking: “What’s so remarkable about a last-place finish?”

On most days, nothing. On this day, everything. Because on this day Taylor wasn’t just racing for himself or his team. As he soldiered on through the rain and cold on his own — after the group he was in abandoned — Taylor found himself riding for his father, cycling legend Davis Phinney, who has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for much of his life.

It’s the sort of stuff that makes a chilling ride a heartwarming read you will not forget. Read it now.

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The latest on Lance Armstrong, from Tour de France to doping allegations

The United States Anti-Doping Agency presented evidence about Lance Armstrong's doping.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency presented evidence about Lance Armstrong’s doping.

UPDATE, March 6: Lance Armstrong gives an exclusive sit-down interview with Sports Illustrated. Check it out.

The downfall of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has been one of the most compelling stories of the past year.  Bookmark this page to keep up with the latest news and find previous reports on the disgraced cyclist.

  • Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs and other techniques were detailed in Tyler Hamilton’s book The Secret Race. More.
  • The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its doping evidence against Armstrong in October. Read the evidence.
  • Numerous sponsors dropped Armstrong in the wake of the USADA evidence was released. More.
  • Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his influential non-profit, Livestrong. More.
  • The cyclist, now stripped of his seven Tour De France titles, appears in a two-night interview with Oprah Winfrey. More.
  • SCA Promotions Inc., which paid Armstrong $12 million in bonuses for three Tour de France victories, filed suit in February, 2013, for the return of its money in the wake of his doping admissions. More.
  • The Justice Department, on Feb. 22 of 2013, joins a lawsuit filed in 2011 by another disgraced cyclist, Floyd Landis, which could claim $100 million in damages caused by his used of PEDs while riding with the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. More.
  • In late February two more lawsuits are filed against Armstrong, including one from an insurance company. More.

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Lance Armstrong admits to doping, calls his career “one big lie” in Oprah Winfrey interview

Lance and OprahWATCH PART TWO: The second installment of Armstrong’s interview airs on OWN at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT. Or stream it here.

The first night of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong saw the disgraced rider formally admit to doping and come clean about other details from his career.

In brief, he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, that he fell victim to his own “mythic” image and, in sum, his success was “one big lie.” Read more.

But Lance’s admissions weren’t the only story: Reaction was swift and, in many cases, outraged from those who know Armstrong and know the sport. The New York Times blogged during the show, then rounded up reaction afterward. Read more.

Hours before his interview with Winfrey aired, the International Olympic Committee announced it has stripped Armstrong of his bronze medal in the Time Trial at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Read more.

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Report: Lance admits doping during interview with Oprah Winfrey

Oprah LogoUPDATE, Jan. 17: Hours before his interview with Oprah Winfrey aired the International Olympic Committee announced it has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal in the Time Trial at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Read more.

Jan 16: The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency tells the Associated Press that while Oprah is a start, Lance Armstrong will need to speak under oath if he wants to start really clearing his name. That will not happen “talking to a talk show host.” Read more.

Jan. 15: The New York Times is quoting sources who say that Lance Armstrong admits to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped on Monday.  CBS News is reporting he is in talks to pay back sponsorship money earned while with the Postal Service. Read more.

Jan. 14: Lance Armstrong sure didn’t look or sound like someone facing a public gallows on Sunday.

The seven-time Tour de France winner (since disavowed by the Tour) took a break from an afternoon jog to tell an Associated Press reporter that he was “at ease” and would be “candid” in his scheduled interview on Thursday with Oprah Winfrey.

Learn what sources close to Armstrong told The Associated Press that the cyclist will say (in part) during Thursday’s interview and read more of what he had to say Sunday in this story.

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Lance Armstrong agrees to interview with Oprah Winfrey on Jan. 17

Tyler Hamilton discussed his book on Today.

Tyler Hamilton’s memoir discussed doping in pro cycling.

UPDATE, Jan. 9: Will Lance Armstrong confess his doping to Oprah Winfrey? Sounds like he might: 90-minute interview planned for Jan. 17 on Oprah’s Next Chapter. Details.

Jan. 4: The New York Times is reporting that cycling superstar Lance Armstrong is considering whether he should confess to doping while winning his seven Tour de France titles. There are, however, numerous legal hurdles that the American would have to navigate should he confess. Read more.

Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned for life after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) sanctions against the American. The UCI decision was the latest development in the Armstrong investigation that exploded on Continue reading ‘Lance Armstrong agrees to interview with Oprah Winfrey on Jan. 17′

USA Pro Challenge bike race in Colorado announces 2013 route Aug. 19-25

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Big LogoBoulder, Colorado Springs and Durango are out, Longmont and Fort Collins are in for the 2013 Pro Cycling Challenge, set for Aug. 19-25.

One thing has returned for the event’s third year: the iconic time trial in Vail. As it has the first two years, the race ends in Denver. Past champions have been: 2011, Levi Leipheimer; 2012, Christian VandeVelde.

Check out the routes and hear what organizers had to say at the rollout today (Dec. 19) in Aspen. Read more.

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Greg LeMond announces bid for presidency of International Cycling Union

Lemond MugGreg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France, now wants to run the International Cycling Union (UCI) in an effort to clean up pro cycling.

The three-time Tour winner (1986, ’89, ’90) announced that he will challenge current UCI president Pat McQuaid after being asked about it this past weekend at the Change Cycling Now conference in London.

“If we want to restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and decisively,” LeMond told French newspaper Le Monde. Read the story in Outside Magazine.

For its part, the UCI recently appointed a British judge, a British lawmaker and an Australian lawyer to conduct an independent investigation into the role the sport’s governing body played in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Read more.

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