Drugs in Cycling

Read all of Outside's recent coverage of cycling's drug problem and the major players in the sport's continuing scandals.

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Drugs in Cycling

March 2007
Back Pedaling

After a two-year ban from pro cycling for doping violations, TYLER HAMILTON wants to prove he's the same clean-cut guy once picked to succeed Lance. At 36, does he still have what it takes to win? And if he does, will anyone cheer?

July 2006
The New American in Paris

From his offbeat stunts (he once drank 15 cappuccinos in one sitting) to his anything-goes demeanor, Floyd Landis is the anti-Lance in every way but one: He'll stop at nothing in his quest to finish the Tour de France wearing the yellow jersey.

June 2006
Drug Lord

On the eve of bike racing's greatest event, RICHARD POUND—chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the top cop in the war against cheating in sports—weighs in about Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, drug testing, and why he suspects the peloton still isn't clean

December 2006
Unchain My Heart

If pro cycling is so dirty, why can't I make a clean break?

December 2005
J'Accuse

After beatiing cancer and winning the Tour de France seven times, Lance Armstrong is vowing to fight one more battle. In the face of persistent allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, Lance says he's had enough—and over the coming months he will confront his shadowy accusers in courtrooms and legal proceedings in the U.S., England, and France. Who's been trying to bring down cycling's greatest hero?

July 2005
The Awful Truth About Drugs in Sports

Cheaters can't be stopped. Testing costs a fortune. It's shockingly easy to beat the system. The drug cops are perpetually playing catch-up. Says who? Drug-testing expert Don Catlin, that's who. He's the doping detective who helped break the BALCO scandal wide open—and the man who's about to launch a radical new campaign to finally solve the problem.

July 2004
The Agony Is the Ecstasy

Hideous crashes? Shattered bones? Tyler Hamilton smiles through it all—which is just what he needs to beat you-know-who.

June 2004
Spinning in Their Graves

The Tour's new scandal: Elite cyclists are mysteriously dropping dead

November 2003
Drug Test

Everybody knows that many athletes cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, testosterone, and EPO. But what is it like to take these banned substances? Do they really help you win? To find out, we sent an amateur cyclist into the back rooms of sports medicine, where he just said yes to the most controversial chemicals in sports.

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