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Artists paint Lance's bikes for the Giro d'Italia

More Lance Armstrong bike art – this time it is about the bikes… the ones he's riding in the Giro

Holy explosion in a paint factory Batman! This weekend's 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia is Lance Armstrong's first and he wants to make sure he stands out from the crowd.

Lance Giro bike gallery

To that end he's had some artists (no, not that fella on the trike) run him up a couple of eye-catching specials. Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who emerged from the skateboarding scene and was the man responsible for the Barrack Obama 'Hope' poster during last year's US presiential campaign did the honours on the Madone. Apparently it's “a vibrant homage to Lance’s cancer fighting foundation while including ancient patterning in honor of Italy’s rich architectural details.'

New York pop artist Kenny Scharf did Lance's time trial Trek TTX machine and created the “lightspeed” space bike… hmm are they sure about that. Maybe it's some sort of in-joke. Whatever, we've got to admit they look pretty cool.'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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Jon Burrage | 15 years ago

I quite like the madone but Im really not sure about the TTX, thats just not my thing.

DaSy | 15 years ago

Yeah, but he would need to confess, or get busted for some doping offences, not just all this hearsay, before Ball would have him on the team.

wild man | 15 years ago

He used to 'stand out from the crowd' by winning- is this the only way he can do it now? There's a vacancy at rock racing for a washed up yank with a taste for over- elaborate kit, now Hamilton's got busted again.

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