Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Americans seek to regain fans' trust

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica — They grew up watching Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France every year. Now Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen carry a burden. Both 24, they are among six Americans in this year's Tour, which begins today.

This is the first Tour since Armstrong acknowledged doping. Cycling might be cleaner because of aggressive anti­doping measures, but the stigma persists. Van Garderen, who finished fifth last year, believes it will be hard to regain the trust of fans.

"You have to just make a decision to ride clean, which I have, and hope people start taking an interest again," he said. "Other than that, I can scream from the top of a building that I'm clean. But I think many people have done that before."

Armstrong told Le Monde that it was "impossible" during his era to win the Tour without doping, the French newspaper reported Friday. (He also told the paper he considers himself the record-holder for Tour wins even though his seven, from 1999-2005, have been stripped.)

Jonathan Vaughters, Talansky's team manager, was a teammate of Armstrong's on the 1999 Tour and a key witness against him in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case. He has admitted to doping while riding but today has instilled a rigorous anti­doping stance. He has high hopes for Talansky, who finished second at March's Paris-Nice race.

"I think he can win a Tour. Whether it's next year, five years from now, I don't know," Vaughters said. "But he's capable."

Talansky wants to avoid putting pressure on himself in his first Tour.

"If you let this whole thing overwhelm you," he said, "then it's going to affect your performance."

>>Fast facts

Tour de France

When: Today-July 21 (21 stages)

Today: Stage 1, 7:30 a.m, NBC Sports Network

Americans seek to regain fans' trust 06/28/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 10:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Erasmo on the mound again

    Blogs

    Coming off Sunday's 6 1/2-hour, 15-inning marathon win over the Twins, the Rays will have the pitcher who finished that game, Erasmo Ramirez, start tonight's game in Texas, first pitch 8:05 Tampa Bay time.

    Ramirez threw only 12 pitches on Sunday so the Rays decided to let him make his planned start tonight, …

  2. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play

    Sports

    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  3. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight

    Blogs

    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and are calling up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.
  4. Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  5. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    King senior pitcher Brian Lee gets another shot at a state title.