Tejay Van Gardener (BMC Racing Team) is receiving tremendous help from Lance Armstrong (former professional cyclist) for his race preparations. In an interview with the Rouleur Magazine, Armstrong said that he has been playing an important role in Van Gardener’s preparation for the Grand Tour.
Currently, Lance Armstrong has been banned from participating in any professional cycling competitions and any sports events sanctioned by USA Cycling because of doping. He was also stripped from all his Tour de France titles. In October, Armstrong was not allowed to participate in Gran Fondo Cycling Event.
Armstrong is getting a chance to help train Van Gardener because of BMC Racing Team’s squad manager- Jim Ochowicz who happens to be a very good friend of Armstrong. However, Armstrong’s connection with Tejay Van Gardener and his training is surely going to surprise a majority of the people.
During the interview, Armstrong was quite open about his contempt for professional level cycling even though he is still associated with the sport in some way or the other.
He even revealed that he is extremely disappointed on how he was treated because of the doping charges. Armstrong strongly feels that he has been treated unfairly.
Lance Armstrong regretted that he was really aggressive when he was a professional cyclist and used all the wrong tactics to achieve great success in his cycling career.
According to him, professional cycling is fundamentally weak. The racing teams have absolutely no authority and power. From the standpoint of unity also most of the teams are weak. Armstrong seems very upset with cycling and all the hypocrisy surrounding it.
The interview of Lance Armstrong was taken in Aspen, Colorado by Morten Okbo (Danish journalist) who was assisted by Jakob Kristian Sørensen (photographer). It was published on the 51st issue of the Rouleur Magazine on the 28th of November, 2014.