'Outside' on Drugs and Lance Armstrong

Our best writing on doping in sports, USADA, and Lance Armstrong's battle against his accusers

Lance Armstrong racing in the 2009 Tour of California.     Photo: Peter Weber/Shutterstock

Should Amateur Racers Be Tested for Drugs?
Weekend racers are doping to win, so USADA is now routinely checking non-elite athletes for banned substances. Ian Dille, September 2012

Lance Armstrong: Victim?
Even if Armstrong cheated, USADA's growing power and tactics should concern us all. Brian Alexander (online), July 10, 2012

It’s Not About the Lab Rats
A look at what Livestrong, one of the world's top charities, does and doesn’t accomplish in the fight against cancer. Bill Gifford, February 2012

How to Blood Dope
Curious about the methods the pros use to cheat? Here’s one that works—and still can’t be detected. Ali Taylor Lange, July 2011

The Twitter War on Lance Armstrong
Inside Floyd Landis’s social-media campaign to torment his former boss. Grayson Schaffer (online), June 23, 2011

I Couldn’t Be More Positive
An amateur bike racer sees startling transformations when he takes supplemental testosterone for a year. Andrew Tilin, June 2011

Whistle. Blown.
After lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Floyd Landis accused Lance Armstrong of rampant cheating. Is it the truth this time? Joe Lindsey, July 2010

Big Fish
A look at FDA investigator Jeff Novitzky and his crusade to take down Lance Armstrong—whatever it takes. Brian Alexander, September 30, 2010

Good Cop, Bad Cop
A look at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s abuse of power in the case of Winter Olympian Zach Lund. Brian Alexander, January 2009

Vanishing Point
Former pro cyclist Joe Papp never had a shot at winning big, but he took drugs anyway. What motivates a cheater in bicycling’s lower ranks? Andrew Tilin, July 2008

Back Pedaling: Tyler Hamilton Interview
Before the truth came out, Hamilton insisted he was innocent of the doping charges leveled against him. John Bradley, March 2007

Drug Lord
World Anti-Doping Authority chairman Richard Pound on why the peloton may never be clean. Brian Alexander, July 2006

J’Accuse
An in-depth report on the war between Lance Armstrong and his accusers, including L.A. Confidentiel co-author David Walsh. Joe Lindsey, December 2005

The Awful Truth About Drugs in Sports
Drug-testing expert Don Catlin on why cheaters so often are able to beat the system. Brian Alexander, July 2005

Drug Test
An amateur cyclist takes four performance-enhancing drugs to experience their powerful effects firsthand. Stuart Stevens, November 2003

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