Must Reads: Armstrong and Hamilton meet, the faithful and Kenya’s Tour goals

Armstrong and Hamilton meet, the faithful and Kenya's Tour goals

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Outside Online: Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton Walk Into a Bar

Tyler Hamilton, the Olympic gold medalist who recently confessed to doping and accused Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs, spent the weekend leading bike rides for Outside magazine in Aspen, Colorado. According to an Outside blog, on Saturday night, Hamilton went to dinner with friends at Cache Cache in the town. During dinner, Hamilton left his table to go to the bathroom. As he walked out of the bathroom, an arm blocked his path. It was Armstrong, Hamilton told the magazine. Hamilton told the magazine Armstrong was confrontational. Armstrong says he greeted his former teammate by saying, “Hey, what’s up?”

USA Today: Fans flock to see Armstrong at Tennessee ride

Debra Martin doesn’t care about the allegations. Lance Armstrong remains a hero to her.

Lance Armstrong — seven-time Tour de France winner, testicular cancer survivor, athlete accused of using performance enhancers — may have seen his standing fall from national hero to suspected cheat in recent years, but the fans to still flock to see him, the paper reports.

New York Times: The Long Hard Ride of Damian Lopez Alfonso

With only the tips of his elbows touching his bicycle’s upturned handlebars, Damian Lopez Alfonso pedaled along the Hudson River bike path on a cool March day. His balancing act elicited stares from disbelieving pedestrians and curious double-takes from fellow cyclists.

Because not only does Mr. Alfonso ride his bike without forearms, lost in a devastating childhood accident, but he also rides it very, very fast.

The Standard: Kenyan talent eyes Tour

Kenyan cyclists could soon be heading for the Tour de France. A Singaporean has set up base in Iten, home of some of the best runners, to tap talent for cycling, which is not yet even fifth-tier sport in Kenya. Nicholas Leong, a commercial photographer and cycling fan from Singapore, has lived in Kenya for five years and is convinced that given Kenyan athletes’ physique and endurance, they can produce good climbing cyclists.

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