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?
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.
On the eve of bike racing's greatest event, RICHARD POUNDchairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the top cop in the war against cheating in sportsweighs in about Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, drug testing, and why he suspects the peloton still isn't clean
Unchain My Heart
If pro cycling is so dirty, why can't I make a clean break?
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 enoughand 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?
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 openand the man who's about to launch a radical new campaign to finally solve the problem.
The Agony Is the Ecstasy
Hideous crashes? Shattered bones? Tyler Hamilton smiles through it allwhich is just what he needs to beat you-know-who.
Spinning in Their Graves
The Tour's new scandal: Elite cyclists are mysteriously dropping dead
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.