August 3, 1998 |
On an afternoon fittingly darkened by rainclouds and a downpour, the Tour de France finally crossed the finish line Sunday, bringing to a close the most sordid and controversial year in the classic bicycle race's history. Sullied by ongoing French police investigations into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by riders, the Tour, and professional cycling in general, now must face the immediate and immense challenge of cleaning up its act and image.
July 31, 1998 |
After one of the most turbulent days in its history, the scandal-plagued Tour de France escaped Thursday to Switzerland, where fans clanged cowbells along the route and officials promised there wouldn't be any late-night drug raids. But despite the bucolic surroundings, the widening doping scandal continued to claim new victims in the world's biggest cycling event.
July 28, 1998 |
The Tour de France drug scandal widened Monday, with five cyclists admitting they took banned substances and two leaders of a Dutch team facing legal questioning. Officials remained steadfast in rejecting calls for canceling the event. "There is no question of stopping the Tour," Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc told the French newspaper Liberation.
July 25, 1998
Two riders have broken out in front a little more than 30 hours into the the Race Across America bicycle race. Gerry Tatrai of Australia held the overall lead at the ninth time station, in Cutter, Ariz. He passed through the town, which is 557 miles into the 2,900-mile race, at 5:40 p.m. Friday. Seana Hogan of San Jose remained in second but was 1 hour six minutes back. She was 12 minutes off the lead near the end of the first day.
July 23, 1998 |
Seana Hogan is the only woman entered in the Race Across America, but don't for a minute think she won't have competition in this torturous transcontinental bicycle race. Once again, Hogan will be challenging the men when the 17th edition of RAAM rolls out of Irvine today on the way to Savannah, Ga., 2,906 miles to the east. Hogan, the women's division winner in five of the last six nation-spanning races, is hoping to become the first overall winner who happens to be female.
July 23, 1998 |
Tustin's Lubomir Hristov is qualified to join the solo riders leaving Irvine today in the Race Across America, but you won't find him lined up at the start. He would like to be there, ready to try ultramarathon cycling's ultimate test, riding 2,906 miles to Savannah, Ga., but he cannot spare the time to train enough to prepare for such a challenge. And Hristov tries to ride about 400 miles a week. "To do RAAM," Hristov said, "I would think that would be grossly inadequate."
February 17, 1998 |
In the summer of 1996, professional road race cyclist Lance Armstrong, then 24, was a strong contender for the Tour de France and for events in the Olympics. As lead rider of Team Motorola, he had raced a tremendous early season, posting breakthrough victories on the European circuit, had won the Tour DuPont and had battled his way to fifth in international rankings. He was an aggressive young athlete in top form.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 |
The six competitors sat poised on their vehicles on the parking garage roof of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Friday, intent on crossing the finish line first. They were a motley bunch, one dressed in surgical scrubs, another with a necktie wrapped around his head and still another with a sign proclaiming "Zero to 50 mph in 10 years." As the horn sounded the start of the medical center's first Kaiser 500, Edward "Fast Eddie" Browning took an early lead and never let up.