Lance's Armstrong's Last Ride
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In this issue of Men's Journal we're also excerpting Chris Carmichael's new book about your workout and diet. What kind of guy is Chris?
He's my longest-running ally. He is someone I talk to just about every day. He was the first person who told me I was going to win the Tour de France.

Luck plays an important part in cycling, so are you superstitious about anything or do you have any prerace or race rituals?
I always get on my bike from the same side.

Frenchman Jacques Anquetil, a five-time Tour winner, once said, "To prepare for a race, there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne, and a woman." Do you think sex before a race helps or hurts?
Prior to a contest I don't see a problem with it. But I can tell you that during the Tour de France there is not a lot of sex going on...

Play fantasy Tour de France: If there could be a dream race between you and the other all-time greats (Merckx, Indurain, Hinault, Anquetil), who would win?
It would be a good one. Merckx is the best of all time and logic would say he would win.

Name the five greatest athletes of all time?
Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Arnold Palmer, Major Taylor [the turn-of-the-last century African-American champion cyclist].

What are your favorite sports other than cycling?
Tennis, Formula One, and football – the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns.

Do you know that other famous Texan biker, President Bush? Have you ever ridden with him?
I have never ridden with the president. He's only got into cycling in the last few years, mostly mountain biking. He is a good guy, likable and charming. Of course, not everyone agrees with his policies, but I wouldn't go for a bike ride and talk politics.

Because you have won the last six it seems like there is some sense of Europe vs. America in the Tour. Do you think the war in Iraq has had an effect on the Tour or on European attitudes toward you?
We have not shied away from the country and Texas associations. It is a big part of our team. I don't think the war has had an effect on how we are viewed.

Given the success of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and your work for the president's Cancer Panel, would you consider running for political office someday?
No political aspirations at this time.

Now that you're seeing Sheryl Crow, the tabloids are much more interested in you. What's that like?
We're pretty lucky because we can fly under the radar compared with some of the stuff you see out there with other couples.

I'm sure you heard the recent rumor that you two broke up. Any idea how that started?
No idea where some of this stuff comes from.

How did you meet Robin Williams and is he a genuine bike fanatic?
We met through the bike. The first time I was at his house he asked me if I wanted to see his bikes. I figured he would have about three or four, but the dude has, like, 60 bikes. I asked him what Marcia [Robin's wife] thought about all these and he told me that he tells her, "I could be into Ferraris instead."