Nobody Can Top Lance Armstrong – Evans


While Australian Tour de France Winner believes that Briton Chris Froome can be the first to score a back-to-back win in the Tour de France since Miguel Indurain’s 1991-95 streak, he says it’s almost impossible to top Lance Armstrong’s glory days before the American was banned.

Lance Armstrong won his fight against testicular cancer and went ahead to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005.

“I don’t think anyone can reach the heights of Lance Armstrong because his whole story was so incredible. I suppose now, the most talked-about cyclist is the winner of the Tour de France and Froome looks to be headed towards another one at this point of time.” Said Mr. Evans.

“Whether he or someone can ever get to the heights of Lance Armstrong, I don’t know if that will ever happen again. And unfortunately even if it is repeated, I don’t think people will be able to believe it,” he added.

Mr. Evans has retired from professional cycling last year, and recently stopped over in Singapore as a global ambassador for the BMC last Thursday. the former Tour de France winner pedalled 46 kilometres from Marina Bay Sands to Seletar Aerospace View along with 20 cyclists from the Singapore Cycling Federation yesterday.

Restoring the Image of Cycling

Mr. Evans agrees that recovering from the controversy regarding Lance Armstrong will take a long time, but he claims that the sport has made plenty of effort to wipe out the cheating stain and restore its reputation.

“People forget that cycling is at the forefront of drug testing. Cyclists are not just the most drug-tested athletes in sport but also the most drug-tested members of society – more than any other profession in the world. Cycling has moved ahead and it’s been a different environment for a long time,” said Evans.

Mr. Evans also commented on Froome’s finish on Mont Ventoux last week, when the Briton crashed into a motorcycle, and had to run some distance up the mountain.
“Guys like Richie Porte and Chris Froome, they do everything right but when something like that (crash) happens, it might be the difference between winning and losing the Tour. That’s not the way racing is meant to be. It doesn’t reflect well on our sport but above all, as a professional cyclist, it’s your job to get a result and when it gets held up by factors far beyond your control, that’s frustrating,” said the former professional cyclist