Lance Armstrong says power meters should not be banned but data should be made public

Armstrong has weighed in on the debate after the Tour de France director said he wants power meters removed

Lance Armstrong (Watson)
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Power meters should not be banned from the Tour de France but data should be made public, according to Lance Armstrong.

The stripped seven-time Tour winner weighed in on the power meter debate after race director Christian Prudhomme said he wanted the technology banned.

Speaking on his podcast THEMOVE, Armstrong discussed the issue with his former directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel.

Armstrong said: “Some of these [Tour de France] stages are so f*cking boring. And you saw this year we have some really long stages.

“As opposed to taking away these power meters, how about we make that public.

“Make race radio public, power meters public, so we see in these long boring days you at least get to see some watts, some heart rates.

“At some point you have to say 'how valuable is this content?'

“I think it’s very valuable and I think it’s worth it for the guys to just say ‘we’re all going to do it. We’re all going to share and give that to the fans.’”

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During the presentation, race director Christian Prudhomme said he wants to ban power meters from the Tour saying the technology “annihilates the glorious uncertainty of the sport."

According to some, power meters negatively impact racing as pros measure their attacks and steadily chase down those racing on instinct.

The controversy over power meters has rolled on in recent years, in part due to the Grand Tour dominance of Team Sky.

Armstrong’s former manager Johan Bruyneel also weighed in.

Speaking on Armstrong’s podcast, Bruyneel said: “I think it’s ridiculous.

“Even if they do [ban power meters] it’s not going to change anything.

“These guys know exactly how far they can go. They’re not going to ban heart rate monitors.

“If the rider knows his limits, even without the monitor they all know perfectly how far they can go.”

Bruyneel was recently banned from cycling for life for his role in the systematic doping at the US Postal Service team in the early 2000s.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.