‘Cause I’m about to blow your door clean off.
Today was not the first time Lance Armstrong got his door blown off at the Tour de France. All you folks that never heard of cycling until Boy Wonder was on the cover of a Wheaties box need to pay attention.
It was the 1994 Tour de France, the stage 9 individual time trail from Périgueux to Bergerac. Miguel Indurain started two minutes behind Lance Armstrong and beat him by a whooping 6’23″. (results here.)
Just an absolutely crushing defeat. Armstrong had no GC aspirations, he was too young. He wan’t even planning on finishing the event. But he was the World Champion. In the U.S., he beat people. He won. In Europe, he wasn’t even on the same level. In 1994, teams were systematically doping their riders. EPO was the new product of choice. You want to go fast, you take EPO and you’ll go fast. Gewiss led the charge. In ’94 they won Milan-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Giro di Lombardia, Giro d’Italia, and took second overall in the Tour de France. The writing was on the wall. You want to win? You play ball.
Watch the video. Indurain might as well have been driving a car.
And there is, of course, more. Somehow, just a few years later, in 1999 Tour prolouge, “Armstrong blew Miguel Indurain’s 8:12 course record out of the water, beating it by 10 seconds.”
We now know what was in L.A.’s blood during the ’99 Tour: EP0. (see So there is no doubt in my mind he (Lance Armstrong) took EPO during the ’99 Tour.)
It has now gone full circle.by