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Film, "The Armstrong Lie" : The World's Greatest Fights His Way to the Bottom

"The Armstrong Lie" : The World's Greatest Fights His Way to the Bottom

There once was a man who won the world's toughest athletic contest seven times in a row, and also beat cancer, and presided invincibly over a vast empire of splashy fundraiser bracelets. He had some help from drugs, which means…
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News, The Snitch San Francycle: Riding to Work Doesn't Make You an Athlete

San Francycle: Riding to Work Doesn't Make You an Athlete

If you're like us, you spend an hour or so on your bike every day, from home to work and then back, then maybe to the supermarket, and occasionally over to a friend's house or up to Corona Heights to…
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News, The Snitch U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

The Plot Thickens​The United States Postal Service has revealed it paid $32 million to a San Francisco firm that was established to run the team sponsoring cyclist Lance Armstrong, ESPN reports. The news puts a possible dollar figure on financial…
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News, The Snitch Interpol, World Anti-Doping Agency Launch Investigations of Lance Armstrong

Interpol, World Anti-Doping Agency Launch Investigations of Lance Armstrong

At this point, who isn't investigating Lance Armstrong? The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office to look into allegations that directors of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team conducted systematic,…
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News, The Snitch Wall Street Journal Planning Lance Armstrong Doping Bombshell

Wall Street Journal Planning Lance Armstrong Doping Bombshell

​The Wall Street Journal, which for a week has been rumored to be preparing a Game of Shadows-style story detailing doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, announced in Friday's paper that it plans to release…
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News, Matt Smith Floyd Landis doping scandal: The S.F. connection

Floyd Landis doping scandal: The S.F. connection

Some sports fans believe that doping scandals are a meaningless distraction from what is essentially mindless entertainment. Others believe doping is anticompetitive, corrupts the essence of sport, and sends an unhealthy message to children. The allegations made last week by…
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News, The Snitch Tour de France Brought to You By ... A Palo Alto Biotech Startup?

Tour de France Brought to You By ... A Palo Alto Biotech Startup?

Officially speaking, the Tour de France -- which finished Sunday in Paris -- was brought to you by sponsors Carrefour supermarkets, Skoda cars and Vittel bottled water. Behind the scenes however, the physiology-defying, mountaintop-finish action of the race through the…
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News, The Snitch Lance Armstrong's Derriere Exposed, Now That He's Lost His Levi

Lance Armstrong's Derriere Exposed, Now That He's Lost His Levi

Levi Leipheimer, the petite, bald-headed Santa Rosa resident who until Thursday was considered a possible dark horse to win the Tour de France, dropped out Friday with a wrist fracture suffered in a crash during Wednesday's stage, according to press…
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News, Matt Smith

This Is Your Sport Off Drugs

Imagine that George Mitchell's conflict of interest-ridden whitewash-in-the-making of a baseball steroids investigation somehow turned into an aggressive, impartial probe. The Justice Department's token harassment of Barry Bonds, meanwhile, became a full-fledged, sport-wide doping inquiry. Baseball's feeble drug-testing policy grew…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Home Is Where the Corn Bread Is

Before I render an opinion that's bound to generate negative mail, let me say I've been a big fan of Home (the restaurant) since its debut in 2002. Home has always seemed very much at home in the Castro, even…
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Music, Reviewed Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

On Kraftwerk's first studio release in a dozen years, the band expands on the theme of its 1983 single "Tour de France," which immortalized the event with a rhythm built out of heavy breathing and vocodered vocals that referenced the…
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News, Matt Smith It's the Economic Development, Stupid

It's the Economic Development, Stupid

Five years before he died last February at age 91, I got a chance to speak with Hal "Snake" Perry, an ebullient retired foreign-service agent who, during the 1920s and '30s, had been a bike racer. After he'd showed off…
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News, Matt Smith This Is Your Sport,  on Dope

This Is Your Sport, on Dope

One evening 20 years ago, about two dozen 18-year-olds and I sat in a drab U.S. Olympic Training Center dormitory, listening to our back-slapping, father-figure cycling coach tell tales of a wondrous imagined future. The U.S. coaching squad had obtained…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Bike Trail

Yes, it's worth the drive. This beautiful, 32-mile-long trail follows the American River through forests and fields from downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake. The hills are minimal, so your calves will thank you. Park near Old Town Sacramento and hop…
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