PARIS (AP) — They grew up watching Lance Armstrong winning the Tour de France every year. Now, American riders like Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen carry the burden of winning back the trust from fans back home who were angered by seven-time Tour winner’s doping.
Talansky and van Garderen, both 24, are considered the best of the six Americans in the 100th Tour, which begins on Saturday. They also will be competing for the white jersey awarded to the best young rider.
It is the first Tour since Armstrong admitted to doping last year and had all seven of his titles stripped.
Armstrong’s confession dealt another blow to cycling’s credibility and Van Garderen says “what can you really do? You have to just make a decision to ride clean” and “hope people start taking an interest again.”
JEROME PUGMIRE,AP Sports Writer
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