Lance Armstrong is the most internationally recognised, controversial and divisive character in cycling’s history.
The Texan, who won seven Tours de France with US Postal and Discovery Channel before being stripped of them all after confessing to doping, remains a compelling presence in cycling.
Rouleur’s Danish duo – writer Morten Okbo and photographer Jakob Kristian Sorensen – visited Armstrong at home in Aspen, Colorado, in the summer of 2014 for Rouleur issues 51 and 52.
The pair, who later met with Armstrong’s adversary on the bike Jan Ullrich and former teammate Floyd Landis, spent several days with Armstrong.
In the home, over lunch, on the golf course, on the highway and back to school; the resulting work, now published online in its entirety, delves inside the world of Lance Armstrong like nothing else.
Rouleur Editor’s Letter, issue 51
An email arrived from Morten. “We want to get Lance,” he says. “Good luck with that,” I replied. A couple of days later: “We’ve got him. We have to fly over to Aspen, though…”
Aspen, as Morten and Jakob pointed out to me, is the third most expensive city in the US. But Lance Armstrong is the most controversial figure cycling has ever produced. And he was happy to spend some quality time with our Danish duo. It had to be done.
“Just one thing, Jakob,” I replied to the photographer. “Bring me back the stare. You know: the stare.”
He got it, and the instantly recognisable eyes of Lance are on the subscriber copy cover. Some of you will love it; some of you will hate it – much like the feature Morten has written.
But as always with Morten and Jakob’s work, it is compelling stuff and gets inside the world of Armstrong like no interview you have ever read.
You don’t have to agree with him, or Morten’s take on cycling’s sordid recent history. Just read it and make up your own mind.
We look forward to hearing your opinions on Armstrong and the whole issue. Reasoned debate is always welcome, and that is to be encouraged.