Chris Carmichael (cyclist)

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Chris Carmichael (born October 24, 1960 in Miami, Florida, United States) is a retired professional cyclist and cycling, triathlon and endurance sports coach as well as the founder of Carmichael Training Systems.

Coaching career[edit]

He is well known for being the personal coach to cyclist Lance Armstrong - as well as George Hincapie, ice-hockey player Saku Koivu and swimmer Ed Moses. Athletes under his tutelage have reportedly won a combined total of 33 medals at the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan American Games.[1] In 1997, he joined the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body for cycling headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, as Olympic Solidarity Coaching Instructor.

Doping controversy[edit]

Some cyclists he had trained later sued USA Cycling (USAC) for doping them and named him and fellow coach Rene Wenzel in their allegations, Greg Strock in 2000, and Erich Kaiter in 2004. Both reportedly made out-of-court settlements with him but the case against the USAC continued as of April 2006.[2][3]

In November 2013, Lance Armstrong settled a lawsuit with Acceptance Insurance Company (AIC). AIC had sought to recover $3 million it had paid Armstrong as bonuses for winning the Tour de France from 1999-2001. The suit was settled for an undisclosed sum one day before Armstrong was scheduled to give an oral deposition under oath. In a sworn written deposition for the lawsuit, Armstrong stated that he "told Chris Carmichael in 1995 of his use of PEDs."[4][5]

Cycling career[edit]

Carmichael is a former competitive cyclist and member of the U.S. National Cycling Team (1978–1984) and was a member of the first U.S. cycling team to compete in the Tour de France, 7-Eleven Cycling Team, in 1986. He abandoned after stage 12.


  • Chris Carmichael's Food For Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right
  • The Ultimate Ride
  • The Lance Armstrong Performance Program, with Lance Armstrong
  • The Time Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, and Powerful in Six Hours a Week


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